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Monday, February 15, 2010

Cruising the Web

Even more shoddy global warming research. A new paper examines where the measuring stations are for measuring temperature. And it turns out that, just as the data has shown rising temperatures, urban life and construction has moved in close to those measuring stations.
“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.

The doubts of Christy and a number of other researchers focus on the thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 150 years.

These stations, they believe, have been seriously compromised by factors such as urbanisation, changes in land use and, in many cases, being moved from site to site.
Some egregious examples of this are stations built on a waste treatment center, next to an air-conditioning unit, or next to a waste incinerator. You think that might affect readings? (Link via Hot Air)

Good luck with this plan: Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats to spend their break "celebrating" last year's stimulus package. Telling people how wonderful the over $800 billion package has done to fight unemployment is going to be a tough sale.

Michael Barone describes the crony capitalism of the Obama administration.

The New York Times describes how the Congressional Black Caucus has gotten around campaign financing laws. Just as opponents of the law said in the first place: whatever law is passed, people will find a way around it, even those voting for it. And corporations feel the need to contribute to the caucus so they won't get accused of being racist or so they can tout their post-racial bona fides. So we get results like this.
In 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner and conference — nearly $700,000 for an event one organizer called “Hollywood on the Potomac” — than it gave out in scholarships, federal tax records show.

My husband gives his advice
on how to be a good professor of economics. The advice would fit any subject.

Remember how we'd read stories about how Republicans were distancing themselves from Bush and that the Bush White House acknowledged and even encouraged this. Well, now the same thing is happening for some Democrats who are trying to run against Obama and doing so with the White House's approval. We even get one Democrat saying that, with regards to unemployment, "[t]he Obama administration has failed miserably in trying to solve the problem." Wow. I thought that George W. Bush had the monopoly on failing miserably.

E. J. Dionne is glad that Bill Clinton is doing well after his hospital visit because he hopes that Obama will sit down and learn some governing lessons from ol' Bill. Dionne sees the parallels between Obama's first year and Clinton's start to his presidency. Fair enough - many conservatives have noted the parallels. But then Dionne goes into his rant about those disgusting Republicans who voted almost unanimously against both Clinton's and Obama's health care plans because Republicans of "how focused Republicans get on regaining power whenever they find themselves on the outside." Remember that the Republicans had been out of power for almost 50 years in the first years of Clinton's presidency so Dionne's generalization would cover all those decades. And why single out Republicans? Don't Democrats get focused when they're out of power? Didn't he observe the past decade and a half and how the Democrats worked to regain their majorities? Or does Dionne only observe crass political motivations when he looks at Republicans?

The Washington Post's food writer goes behind the scenes
in the kitchens of his kid's school cafeteria. It makes you understand why kids don't want to eat the slop served up to them in the cafeteria. It becomes very clear why they're not eating the cafeteria's vegetables. And it matches my experience when I did cafeteria duty at my old school. If all these nutritionists are looking to get kids eat more healthily at school, they have quite a task ahead of them.

Audi's Green Police ad inspires both Jeff Jacoby and Mark Steyn to ponder where we are that the mere idea of being arrested for not recycling properly strikes a chord. Jacoby writes of how we're surrendering so much of our control to Big Brother government. Steyn notes the wussified owner of the Audi who buys his car so he can appease the Green Police. People will be talking about that ad for a while.


Pat Patterson said...

The difference will be if Pres Obama spends as much time raising money for candidates and recruiting them as Pres Bush did. Even when some Republicans were getting hapy feet when it came to Bush actually campaigning for them.

tfhr said...

Good article on DC public school nutrition.

As much as it pains me, I have to commend the WaPo for publishing the critical story on DC public school food service. I also found it interesting that the author was a "former" WaPo writer.

It's nice that Mrs. Obama is advocating an effort to curb childhood obesity but it would seem, from this article, that the kids in DC schools are not chanting "MMM MMM MMM, Barack Hussein Obama", when it comes to the food they are served. This isn't meant as criticism of the President or his wife with regard to the poor quality of the food. I don't believe they have a direct part in the process anyway but I wonder what the unions, the true "controlling legal authority" in DC public schools, consider their priority. It's certainly not the academic advancement of their students and they've missed nutrition by a wide mark too.

I read that article with interest as I thought of the scene from the Pink Floyd movie based on the album, The Wall. Faceless students march off into a figurative meat grinder made literal. There's an ironic link to be made when the WaPo finds time to criticize school lunches while unions and government, both local and federal, continue to grind up one generation after another in DC's public schools.

Anyway, now that I have my appetite back, I wonder what's for lunch tomorrow at Sidwell Friends, the private school where the Obamas wisely send their children. I also still wonder why the President and his buddy, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C. funding, continue to oppose school vouchers for DC children.

I know, I know...♪♫♪look for the union label♪♫♪...besides, those kids will never vote.

I think I've lost my appetite again.

You can have my dessert:

ic said...

regards to unemployment, "[t]he Obama administration has failed miserably in trying to solve the problem."

The problem with this politician and his twin who blames the Interior Secretary for not averting the drought is they blame somebody else for the damned problems they themselves created and expect somebody else to clean up their mess.

Tell them George Bush's Texas has only 6% unemployment without Obama lifting a little finger to help.

Johnman said...

Regarding the weather stations: So many weather stations are at airports. What do you think the addition of millions of square yards of pavement and a huge increase of jet air traffic have done to the measurements at those sites over the past 50 years?

equitus said...

About Dionne's statement on "how focused Republicans get on regaining power whenever they find themselves on the outside."

I remember pretty vividly the moment in the spring of 2001 when Pelosi (I think) stated explicitly and in no uncertain terms the Dems agenda that year was entirely focused on regaining power.

Prior to that year (well, prior to the 2000 election fiasco), I was a mostly apathetic observer of our national politics. Her statement shocked me, to be honest. Can she really say that? What about representing the people? What about at least lip-service to governing? Not even leaving it to an opposition pundit to make the accusation... wow.

That was a turning point in my own partisanship.

But I'll hand it to her: She and her Dems kept THAT promise.