Thursday, May 22, 2008

Summers is right around the bend

You know where you will find me...

Sorry for the lack of posts and or responses to comments. I have been a tad busy working out in the yard here in the shitty city as well as up at the cabin. I have managed to squeeze in a few hours of fishing as well... :)

Posting might resume come Monday. Have a great weekend!


Monday, May 12, 2008

U.S. energy subsidies

Not what you might think, or have been led to believe...

Congress seems ready to spend billions on a new "Manhattan Project" for green energy [...]

[...] For electricity generation, the EIA concludes that solar energy is subsidized to the tune of $24.34 per megawatt hour, wind $23.37 and "clean coal" $29.81. By contrast, normal coal receives 44 cents, natural gas a mere quarter, hydroelectric about 67 cents and nuclear power $1.59. [...]

[...] The same study also looked at federal subsidies for non-electrical energy production, such as for fuel. It found that ethanol and biofuels receive $5.72 per British thermal unit of energy produced. That compares to $2.82 for solar and $1.35 for refined coal, but only three cents per BTU for natural gas and other petroleum liquids.

All of this shows that there is a reason fossil fuels continue to dominate American energy production: They are extremely cost-effective. That's a reality to keep in mind the next time you hear a politician talk about creating millions of "green jobs." Those jobs won't come cheap, and you'll be paying for them.

Interesting... {moves branches to the left... peeks out) verrrrrrry interesting...


Stop the apologies already

How far back do we go with all these apologies? They were different times with different prevailing ideologies. We cannot logically judge now the decisions made by past governments, 94, nor 50, 40 or even 30 years ago.

Why does Harper insist on apologizing for all the past deeds done by past governments of this country? Other than pandering for votes that is...

Mr. Harper, let me help you out here.

We the government of Canada, apologize to every person in the past, present and future that we may have offended or will offend, for any and all reasons. Send one dollar to every person on the planet for compensation (cause we know it's not about the money... right...), as I am sure that somewhere, somehow, we have offended every single one of them or their ancestors. That would be somewhere between 6 and 7 billion dollars by the way (which sounds a lot better than mere millions)... and lets call it a done deal.


Friday, May 09, 2008

I am a proud daddy

She is the most popular, and also the 7th smartest.

Not to mention she is adorable...



Helter Skelter

The saga continues

The sheriff of the remote region where Charles Manson hid after a series of murders in the summer of 1969 said Friday that he will allow researchers to begin digging into the sandy soil in search of possible human remains.


Who is this guy?

And what did he do with Eddie The Seagull?

Ed fed up with UN

Alberta eyes other oil buyers, Ed tells U.S.
"I'm not warning them, I'm just being frank," Stelmach said yesterday. "I'm just saying that we have options and will continue to pursue options."

This may change the minds of some U.S. politicians... Hopefully...
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published a report that suggested closer ties between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and rebels attempting to overthrow Colombia's government. Chavez has been linked to Colombian rebels previously, but the paper reported it had reviewed computer files indicating concrete offers by Venezuela's leader to arm guerillas. That appears to heighten the chances that the U.S. could impose sanctions on one of its biggest oil suppliers.

I am sure, most Albertans would much rather see our so called "dirty" oil go to the U.S. than anywhere else. I am also sure most Americans would rather buy our oil than from some slimy dictator...


Get your mind out of the gutter

Great tits cope well with warming

They are birds... Great Tit


We pay them for this?

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion on Friday sending the Burmese government to its room where it can watch TV and play video games. Mind you it was without supper or dessert.


And this will accomplish what exactly?


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Inconvenient Truths

Obviously Al Gore does not read much about Global Warming.
Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming

Using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a strategy for many global warming activists, and it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to tie the recent Myanmar cyclone to global warming.

Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview on NPR’s May 6 “Fresh Air” broadcast did just that. He was interviewed by “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross about the release of his book, “The Assault on Reason,” in paperback.

“And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated,” Gore said. “And last year a catastrophic storm from last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”

Gore claimed global warming is forcing ocean temperatures to rise, which is causing storms, including cyclones and hurricanes, to intensify. (emphasis mine) [...]

Now remember Al stated this on May 6th of 2008. Lets take a look at what has been written on the subject of ocean temperatures prior to that date shall we...

ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2006)
[...] The average temperature of the water near the top of the Earth's oceans has significantly cooled since 2003. [...]

DOB Magazine - April 28, 2008
[...] D'Aleo suggests that the IPCC has greatly underestimated the role of oceans in climate shifts. Although he believes the sun is probably the ultimate driver, the meterologist says oceans correlate far better with temperature change than any other factor. D'Aleo points out that this year's shift from a warm El Nino current in the Pacific Ocean to a "super-cold La Nina" coincides with the biggest temperature drop in the entire weather record.

Media attention will soon shift from ice melt and warming to what D'Aleo calls WMD (weather of mass destruction). He forecasts an increase in hurricanes, colder weather, heavier snowfalls and more flooding due to persistent La Ninas over the next few decades. Because sensationalism sells, the television weatherman thinks the media and climate alarmists will blame these new events on man-made change. Not true, in his view, because similar weather events occurred from the 1940s through the 1960s when the Pacific Ocean last went through a cooling cycle. [...]

News Busters May 1, 2008
[...] A cool-water anomaly known as La Niña occupied the tropical Pacific Ocean throughout 2007 and early 2008. In April 2008, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that while the La Niña was weakening, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation-a larger-scale, slower-cycling ocean pattern-had shifted to its cool phase. [...]

Unlike El Niño and La Niña, which may occur every 3 to 7 years and last from 6 to 18 months, the PDO can remain in the same phase for 20 to 30 years. The shift in the PDO can have significant implications for global climate, affecting Pacific and Atlantic hurricane activity, droughts and flooding around the Pacific basin, the productivity of marine ecosystems, and global land temperature patterns. [...]

Telegraph 04/05/2008
[...] The most dramatic evidence, however, emerged last week with an announcement by Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that an immense slow-cycling movement of water in the Pacific, known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), had unexpectedly shifted into its cool phase, something which only happens every 30 years or so, ultimately affecting climate all over the globe.

Discussion of this on the invaluable Watts Up With That website, run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts, shows how the alternations of the PDO between warm and cool coincided with each of the major temperature shifts of the 20th century - warming after 1905, cooling after 1946, warming again after 1977 - and how the new shift to a cool phase could have repercussions for decades to come.

It is notable that the German computer predictions published last week by Nature forecast a decade of cooling due to deep-ocean movements in the Atlantic, without taking account of how this may now be reinforced by a similar, even greater movement in the Pacific. [...]

And just for the heck of it, and because it is a good read, I'll toss in this one...
International group disavows UN’s climate claims
[...] One of the most telling signs invalidating the predictions of catastrophic global warming is the expansion of Arctic sea ice. After a supposed record thaw, the ice has returned. A report from the Canadian Ice Service, which has kept records on sea ice since 1972, noted above-average coverage of the Arctic. Gilles Langis, a forecaster with the Ice Service, said the ice also is 10 to 20 cm thicker in most places. The report from the Ice Service was corroborated by the Denmark Meteorological Institute, which said the sea ice between Greenland and Canada was at its most expansive in 15 years.

“The nice thing about sea ice is that there is no analysis needed,” Stan Goldenberg, a meteorologist with NOAA’s hurricane research division, told Baptist Press in an interview. “This is raw data. You can look at the levels and see that it is colder. [...]

I wonder how long it will take for Al to come up with a way to link this to "Global Warming". It makes as much sense as does his comment regarding the Myanmar Cyclone.


Wake up call

Study ranks Canadians second-last on environment

A new study of consumer habits and how they affect the environment has given Canadians a dismal ranking of second-last in a list of 14 countries. [...]

[...] Environment Minister John Baird called the study a "wake-up call," [...]

It is a wake up call alright. Anyone with any common sense will look at this study and go... WTF? Lets take China as an example. How many Chinese citizens can actually afford to own a large home, air conditioning, a vehicle or two, and actually purchase many of their products from large box store type outlets? This study is a joke... And the Chinese have such a great environment... right... moving on...

I love this line from the article...
In total, 29 per cent of Canadians have nine or more rooms in their homes, use insulation and heat their homes -- and rarely choose environmentally friendly heating options. (emphasis mine again)

Again... WTF? LMAO... could you imagine what our heating bills would look like without the use of insulation? What other method other than "heating our homes" would they suggest to keep us all from freezing to death when it is minus 40 celcius without the wind chill? These people are nuts!


I feel Violated!

UN to probe Canada over lack of greenhouse-gas reporting

The United Nations says it will investigate Canada for failing to meet a Kyoto Protocol deadline on greenhouse gas reporting and could bar it from an international carbon-trading scheme if the probe finds Ottawa broke the rules. [...](emphasis mine)

Please, please, pretty pretty please, ban Canada from participating in this scam, I mean scheme.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

He's not alone

See my post below this one if you don't believe me.
“I'm outta here”

TORONTO — An Islamic convert facing terrorism charges was re-arrested after trying to walk out of his own trial Tuesday – saying simply that “I'm outta here” – after telling the court he wouldn't recognize Canadian law. [...]

Fortunately our Canadian courts recognize him. Not that I expect him to stay behind bars for very long even if found guilty. It's the Canadian way you know... sigh...




Auditor General Sheila Fraser is reporting that Canada's border agency has lost track of 41,000 people who have been ordered out of the country. [...]

But hey, they do know where one third are so I guess we should cut them some slack.
[...] Fraser noted that the agency does know the whereabouts of 22,000 of 63,000 people facing formal deportation orders. [...]

Give me a frickin break. If I were only competent at doing one third of my job, something tells me I would be looking for another one in a hell of a hurry. Heads need to roll... metaphorically speaking of course.


Monday, May 05, 2008

The Church of Climatology

A "quasi-religious incantation masquerading as science" that basis its beliefs using Confirmation bias, not actual observations.

[...] confirmation bias is a tendency to search for or interpret new information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions and avoids information and interpretations which contradict prior beliefs. [...]

From Mr. Booker's Article...
[...] The fact is that what has been happening to the world's climate in recent years, since global temperatures ceased to rise after 1998, was not predicted by any of those officially-sponsored models. The discrepancy between their predictions and observable data becomes more glaring with every month that passes. [...]

Suddenly I envision Al Gore jumping up and down on Oprah's couch, although for a different reason. Why is that?



Strange but Intersting

I wonder how much Lipstick Hillary Clinton has purchased lately?


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Not waiting for the warming

Although the planet has not warmed up a single fraction of a degree since 1998, the Church of Climatology supporters still keep screaming from the top of the mountains Henny Penny style.

The latest joke is to blame shark attacks. Yes you read that correctly.

[...] Some experts suggest that an abundance of seals has attracted high numbers of sharks, while others believe that overfishing has hit their food chain. 'I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it's a convenient excuse,' Burgess said. Another contributory factor to the location of shark attacks could be global warming and rising sea temperatures. 'You'll find that some species will begin to appear in places they didn't in the past with some regularity,' he said. [...] (emphasis mine)

I guess they did not get the memo.
[...] Researchers studying long-term changes in sea temperatures said they now expect a "lull" for up to a decade while natural variations in climate cancel out the increases caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The average temperature of the sea around Europe and North America is expected to cool slightly over the decade while the tropical Pacific remains unchanged.

This would mean that the 0.3°C global average temperature rise which has been predicted for the next decade by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may not happen, according to the paper published in the scientific journal Nature. [...]

Now seeing this new revelation is based on a computer model. I won't put any credence in it either. That would be a little hypocritical of me as I sure as hell don't put any credence in any other computer model that tries to predict our climate.

If it was Father Nature I could understand that some computer program could figure it all out. This is Mother Nature people, and there is a damn good reason for that. She is a lot more complicated, and we will never truly understand all the complexities involved.


Saturday, May 03, 2008

China goes all in

Not satisfied with just putting their foot in their mouths, China sticks hand in there too!

China issues alert over hand, foot and mouth disease

China's Health Ministry issued a nationwide alert on Saturday calling on local authorities to stop the spread of a virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease, after an outbreak killed 22 children.

The deaths were first reported in March in the city of Fuyang, in the eastern province of Anhui.

More than 3,700 people in Fuyang have been infected with the virus, up from Friday's official tally of 3,300, according to figures released by local authorities on Saturday.

The central government has warned that the number of cases may increase over the summer because the June-July period is considered peak season for the disease. [...]

Moral of this story...

Don't be taking the kids to see the Olympics in China. Hell just don't go at all. It is not worth it.


Is it Chile out there or is it just me?

In one quick belch, Mother Nature wipes out all human attempts to control the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere and the planets climate. Why does she hate us so?

Our puny attempts are futile. Nature is all powerful. Why fight it? Live with it...


No Excuse part three

Sycrude has finally come out and apologized for their screw up.

An oilsands plant in northern Alberta has taken out full-page newspaper ads to apologize after an estimated 500 ducks died after landing on a toxic wastewater pond near Fort McMurray, Alta., earlier this week.

Syncrude Canada Ltd., which is partly-owned by Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), says in the advertisements that it's committed to making the necessary changes to its long-established practices to make sure a "sad event" like this one never happens again.

The oilsands operator says it will learn from what happened, will improve its practices and will meet the public's expectations for "responsible development."

Still no donation to Ducks Unlimited. Tom Katinas, we are waiting... Are you listening? Show us you really do care.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

No Excuse part two

Yesterday I posted in regards to the news of 500 ducks landing in one of the tailing ponds at a Syncrude oilsands site. I was not impressed at all. In my anger I was not very clear in regards to my reasoning. It is not about the number of ducks killed. Hell, I probably have shot more birds than that in all my years of hunting...

What got me was the non reaction from Syncrude. How they did not report this and that we had to find out about it from a tip from the public at large. That is not acceptable!

The image of the oilsands projects as "not environmentally friendly" is bad enough without shit like this happening. The Alberta government is now spending 25 million dollars of OUR MONEY to try and curb this poor image.

[...] Environment Minister Rob Renner concedes the incident has put a major dent in Alberta's efforts to counter the message being spread by environment groups that the massive northern oilsands projects are taking a major toll on the environment.

“It's a real blow to our messaging that we are working very, very hard ensure that we do have sustainable development,” Mr. Renner told The Canadian Press.

“Are people going to focus on this for their own political interests? Of course they are,” said the minister. “Does this mean that we're not doing an adequate job of protecting the environment? No it doesn't.” [...]

How do you think this news is going to go over internationally? EnvironMENTAL groups love this sort of thing. They will use it as ammunition in their rhetoric to bash these projects even more so.

Prime Minister Harper see's it in the same light as I do.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there's no doubt that Canada's environmental image has been hurt by the deaths of 500 ducks on a toxic oilsands tailings pond in northern Alberta.

Harper says this loss of wildlife should not have happened and he says federal officials are investigating. [...]

Syncrude... do the right thing, Cut a check right now and send it to Ducks Unlimited and at least save some face here.