Monthly Archives: May 2013

Updating Our Position on CO2 and Global Warming

Discussion is making the rounds about a paper published by SABER, an entity within NASA that collects and analyses data on the upper atmosphere (the mesosphere and the troposphere). SABER recorded a solar storm in March 2012 and reported it in a news item: Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth’s Upper Atmosphere. Unlike the bulk of SABER’s publications (freely available online) which are highly complex science and unreadable by the layman, the news report offers valuable insight into the role of greenhouse gases in cooling the upper atmosphere.

The report notes:

“Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,” explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER’s principal investigator.  “When the upper atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.”

For the three day period, March 8th through 10th, the thermosphere absorbed 26 billion kWh of energy.  Infrared radiation from CO2 and NO, the two most efficient coolants in the thermosphere, re-radiated 95% of that total back into space.

We see that CO2 plays an essential role in protecting the planet from overheating caused by solar radiation. The data cannot be used to infer global surface temperature cooling caused by CO2 because the total dynamics of the entire atmosphere are complex and SABER only deals with part of the picture.

That being said, global (surface) temperatures have been static for about the last 15 years. The site C3 Headlines has a collection of temperature graphs from a wide array of sources that demonstrates this fact. Even James Hanson, one of the most prominent anthropogenic global warming (AGW) proponents admits this in a paper titled Global Temperature Update Through 2012 (we hope to discuss Hanson’s paper in another post). The importance of this observation is that global CO2 emissions have continued to rise during this period (see: Global Temperature and CO2 Update – December 2012). One must consider the question if the CO2 in the atmosphere is forcing up the temperature, why has the rise stopped?

 

Flash Point: ****-For-Brains Bernanke

The place holder “****” may be filled in by you , dear reader, allowing you to accord Ben Bernanke the degree of respect that you think he deserves. Each “*” is the place holder for a string of characters from 0 to n where “n” is an arbitrary number. So some words that would fit these rules are: ‘mush’, ‘good’, ‘genius’, ‘outstanding’, ‘eh?’, and so on. The context for assessing respect may be based on the article in the Irish Times, Bernanke warns banks on excessive risk. In particular, this quote:

In a speech in Chicago, the US Federal Reserve chairman said he was watching for signs that banks were resorting to speculation [i.e. risk] because of low interest rates, highlighting the danger that easy monetary policy could inflate new bubbles in asset prices.

Bernanke, has done two things of note. He has driven interest rates to record lows, farther out the yield curve than any of his predecessors. In fact, real interest rates (adjusted for inflation) are negative for short term maturities and close to zero for longer term maturities. This has forced investors, whether they be banks, retail investors or institutions, to buy riskier assets and equities to try and create some positive return on their money.

The second thing that Bernanke has done is flood the market with liquidity, much more than the market could digest since most of it remains locked up in bank reserve accounts at the Fed. Some of this liquidity is undoubtedly driving the stock market to record highs, a fact confirmed by the market’s divergence from economic fundamentals.

In other words, Bernanke has destroyed savers and forced investors of all stripes to chase risk to try and get some return on their money. This guy has the unmitigated gall – we’ve not used this term before, but the alternative is a string of epithets – to create a situation and then blame the logical outcome on the very people whom he has forced his policies upon. Bernanke is blowing bubble after bubble – bonds, stocks – and he can’t even see it. This guy has “***”-for-brains.

Historical Background of ‘Dhimmitude’

Here is Part A of essay Two in the series: The Suffocation of Christian Communities in the Middle East from Paul Merkley, reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

In recent months, our journalists and editors have had to think on their feet as they have sought ways to make western audiences aware of a massive fact about the Middle East that these same authorities  have striven for decades not to notice– the methodical suffocation of the Christian minority of the Middle East by the Muslim majority.

This minority (as I noted in my previous essay) is made up of several  widely-scattered communities, some going back  many centuries prior to the time when the Middle East became Arab and Muslim.  To get quickly to the bottom line: they amounted to 13% of the population of the Arab Middle East in 1900,  they have been reduced to 1% today, and that remnant is presently being methodically harassed from the region. As this is happening, our leaders of opinion, including the leaders of the mainline churches, look the other way in order to focus their moral ire upon  the imaginary monster of Islamophobia in our midst.

The key to this present Muslim campaign against Christianity in the Middle  East is the history of the Empire of Islam; and the key to that history is dhimmitude.

Socialism in Canada: O Sacred Cow Sore Wounded

The sacred cow of the modern progressive movement in Canada is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the bloated behemoth that in inverse fashion, milks the Canadian public for a billion or so dollars a year in a totally unaccountable and opaque manner. It is viewed by the progressive movement as their media extension, being the broadcaster most closely aligned with their doctrinal positions.

In contrast, the Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper is viewed with a visceral hatred by the progressives. It is therefore no surprise when the government proposes legislation that goes anywhere near the CBC that a firestorm of protest breaks out on the left. The most recent case is that of Bill C-60 and an online petition by the so-called Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

The petition came to our attention from two different e-mails (emphasis in quoted material in this essay is ours unless otherwise noted):

  1. Please read this and sign it. This affects our DEMOCRACY!
    Stephen Harper wants to silence and control our public broadcaster by sneaking new powers into a monster Budget Omnibus Bill. Please sign the petition: http://bit.ly/10YEGi9 Thanks!
    And the author in a followup email elaborated A democracy requires a free and open media, and, as history has shown, a government that seeks to control the media is a Fascist government.
  2. The second had the subject line You can help Free CBC of political interference and an embedded text asking for donations and sporting an image charging deception on the government’s part.

First we briefly examine the partisan progressive or left-wing bias of the FCB. Then we review Bill C-60 in terms of its purpose and extent. Finally we address the bovine hysteria driving the petition.

Flash Point: Which Side of the Red Line?

We know how flexible US Red Lines are. Obama’s latest is the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime being the condition for US intervention. But OOPS, UN Finds Only Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons (reported by Zero Hedge). So if the bad Syrian regime – the black hats – didn’t use them, but it was the good guys – the guys with the white towels – that used them, what is poor Obama to do? Who should he bomb?

This is an ugly sectarian civil war, the kind that regularly pops up in the Mideast. We realize that in their simplistic arrogance, Western progressives (it is so helpful that they have given themselves a handle) are looking for any group that can impose their cultural and political values and doctrines on foreign cultures, but in the case of Syria, who is wearing the white hats? We have no business intervening here, just as we had no business intervening in Iraq or Afghanistan, both countries that are enjoying increased political instability and domestic violence since our benign interventions that set them free.

Postscript

We failed to consider the obvious: White House Says Ignore Facts, Assad “Likely” Behind Syrian Chemical Weapons After All. Manufacture a chemical weapons event! It worked for Iraq, it worked for Vietnam. Hell when you want war you can have war. To paraphrase a recent White House apparatchik: “You never want a serious opportunity to attack another country to go to waste.”

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