It’s the cold, not global warming, that we should be worried about

It’s daft to draw any conclusions from this freakish, frozen spring. But in general, the computer-generated predictions do not seem as reliable as they did when Al Gore was using them to scare the bejesus out of us. A few weeks ago, scientists at the University of Washington found that man’s contribution to global warming may have been exaggerated – by a factor of two. The natural cycle of heating and cooling, they discovered, plays a far bigger role than they had imagined.

Who’da thunk it?

via It’s the cold, not global warming, that we should be worried about – Telegraph.

FUCK!!!: Grandson killed, robbed his 72-year-old grandfather

Prosecutors said Saturday that Strickland, 19, used the money he took from his grandfather, who also was named William Strickland, to pay for new gym shoes, a cellphone and tattoos.

I wonder if 0 had another ‘…son, he would look like William’?

Gods. Damn. Him.

via Police: Grandson killed, robbed 72-year-old man who was headed to dialysis – Chicago Sun-Times.

The Madness of Cesar Chavez – Caitlin Flanagan

He was also taken with a Synanon practice called “The Game,” in which people were put in the center of a small arena and accused of disloyalty and incompetence while a crowd watched their humiliation. Chavez brought the Game back to La Paz and began to use it on his followers, among them some of the UFW’s most dedicated volunteers. In a vast purge, he exiled or fired many of them, leaving wounds that remain tender to this day. He began to hold the actual farmworkers in contempt: “Every time we look at them,” he said during a tape-recorded meeting at La Paz, “they want more money. Like pigs, you know. Here we’re slaving, and we’re starving and the goddamn workers don’t give a shit about anything.

Click forth and read the whole thing, over some nice South American imported grapes, yes?

h/t Ed Driscoll @ instapundit

via The Madness of Cesar Chavez – Caitlin Flanagan – The Atlantic.

Bjorn Lomborg: Germany Spends $110 Billion to Delay Global Warming by 37 Hours

“The Germans are spending about $110 billion on subsidies for these solar panels,” said Lomborg. “The net effect of all those investments will be to postpone global warming by 37 hours by the end of the century.”

via Claim: Germany Spends $110 Billion to Delay Global Warming by 37 Hours | The Weekly Standard.

Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of popular satirist

Egypt’s public prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of popular satirist Bassem Youssef over alleged insults to Islam and to President Mohamed Morsi, state news agency MENA reported.

A double-not-good-thing said.

<sigh>

via Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of popular satirist – FRANCE 24.

IMMIGRATION (Virtual Town Hall meeting – Redlands, CA) – YouTube

BILL WHITTLE’S VIRTUAL PRESIDENCY CONTINUES: “Imagine a country where not only are the borders secured by armed guards, but once you entered the country, if you even spoke about politics — at all — if you even mentioned anything politically, you would be deported. Imagine a country where everyone is required to be tracked all the time. Where all of these immigrants are constantly monitored. Imagine where the idea of immigrants even having a word on the internal politics of a country would be enough to get them deported.”

“I can imagine a country like that. That country is Mexico.”

IMMIGRATION (Virtual Town Hall meeting – Redlands, CA) – YouTube.

Dear Mr. President, please stop BS’ing us on AGW

This week’s Economist gives another data point. Apparently, the models predicted by AGW advocates such as James Hanson, the NASA propagandist, for global warming are not working out the way they thought they would. Surface temperatures across the planet are at the low-end of the predictions and there hasn’t been any actual, you know, global warming in 10 years according to the numbers.

And those anthropomorphic polar bears the AGW crowd are using as poster bears for climate change? Well, there are a hell of a lot more of them on the planet than there were 25 years ago according to every single study written. It seems that our government has been trying to cover this up as well. ‘When the facts don’t fit the narrative change the facts” is government policy.

Now we have experts with a kernel of data extrapolating some amazing consequences 50 or 100 years down the line. The data does not meet the bullshit test.

Click forth and read complete:

via Dear Mr. President, please stop BS’ing us on AGW | Matt’s Meditations.

Captain of Air France plane that crashed into Atlantic had one hour of sleep prior to flight

According to a previously undisclosed report obtained by the French news magazine Le Point, the 58-year-old Dubois can be heard on a black box recording saying, “I didn’t sleep enough last night. One hour–it’s not enough.”

Dubois began complaining about being tired shortly after take off. His co-pilots, 32-year-old Pierre-Cedric Bonin and 37-year-old David Robert, weren’t doing much better. According to the report, they were also feeling groggy after spending the night in Rio with their wives and girlfriends.

Out with wives and girlfriends in RIO–late–I wonder if any of the crew had been drinking?

Angry pilots say Air France crash inquiry shields Airbus -Thursday 04 August 2011

The largest Air France pilots’ union withdrew from the official investigation saying it had turned into a “one-sided” prosecution of the crew of the Airbus A330 which plunged into the south Atlantic on 1 June 2009.

Last Friday’s interim BEA report pointed to the failure of the pilots to respond to repeated audio and visual warnings that their plane was about to “stall” – or lose sufficient “lift” to keep it in the air. The jet dived for three and a half minutes towards the ocean with “stall” warnings sounding, but the pilots made no mention of this fact in their tape-recorded conversations.

FAA announces pilot fatigue rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday a sweeping final pilot fatigue rule governing how much time off commercial passenger pilots must have between work shifts, ensuring they have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.

The new rule sets a 10-hour minimum rest period prior to a flight duty period, a two-hour increase over the old rules. The new rule also mandates that a pilot must have an opportunity for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep within the 10-hour rest period.

As former aircraft flight crew, the final blame resides with the crew.

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.”  — Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930’s.

via Captain of Air France plane that crashed into Atlantic Ocean killing everyone on board was running on one hour of sleep  – NY Daily News.

Obama called ‘a hypocrite and a coward’ over Falklands betrayal – BBC audience applauds

There appears to be a growing realisation among the wider British public that President Obama really doesn’t like Britain very much, and that his knife in the back over the Falklands, and his hectoring, lecturing tone on Europe, isn’t very helpful for British interests. As I’ve noted in previous pieces, Barack Obama is the most anti-British US president in modern times. When even a BBC audience turns against the insulting policies of the White House, the Obama administration should understand that it has a real problem on its hands when it comes to relations with America’s closest ally.

Click forth and read all:

via Barack Obama called ‘a hypocrite and a coward’ over Falklands betrayal – BBC audience applauds – Telegraph Blogs.