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.