Monthly Archives: September 2011

Do cosmic rays set the earth’s thermostat?

In recent years, the idea that the climate is driven by clouds and cosmic rays has received plenty of attention. Interest in the idea was prompted by a Danish physicist named Henrik Svensmark, who first suggested it in the late 1990s. Using satellite data on cloud coverage, which became available with the establishment of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project in 1983, Svensmark found a correlation between lower troposphere cloud cover and the 11-year solar cycle.

He proposed that cosmic rays initiate the formation of aerosols in the lower atmosphere that then form condensation nuclei for cloud droplets, increasing cloud formation from water vapor. Since low-level clouds increase Earth’s albedo (the amount of incoming solar radiation that is reflected back into space), more clouds mean cooler temperatures. Svensmark claimed that this mechanism was responsible for virtually every climatic event in Earth history, from ice ages to the Faint Young Sun paradox to Snowball Earth to our current warming trend. Needless to say, this would overturn decades of climate research.

And by “overturn decades of climate research” they mean “decades of ignoring the plain and common knowledge that the Sun really does contribute to the temperature of this planet, and also the fact well-known but widely ignored by the politically-motivated that clouds are the most potent greenhouse gas on the planet.”

Because where’s the money in admitting that the Sun heats the earth, not CO2, and so you can go ahead and drive what you want and use non-toxic and inexpensive lightbulbs?

via Do cosmic rays set the earth’s thermostat?.

The President says we’re soft « Monster Hunter Nation

Larry writes another home-run of a rant:

Let’s see… We’ve lost our competitive edge… Even though Canada’s unemployement is lower than ours because they are actually tapping their natural resources instead of throwing billions of dollars at mythical green energy projects. In the same time period my little company got audited half a dozen times and passed, Solyndra got audited once by Price Waterhouse, failed miserably, and got half a BILLION bucks. One of these things is not like the other. Maybe we need to start building solar panels, (or donating money and photo ops to the president).

Ken Salazar put thousands of men out of work in eastern Utah with the stroke of a pen. Then they did the same thing in the gulf. Now Canadians are having to hire Americans to fill all their many job openings. Think about that… Canada. Friggin’ Canada is kicking our [butts]! They were all like, “Hey, we’re all out of jobs, eh? But under our feet is stuff worth money. Maybe we should dig it up and sell it, eh?”

But we can’t do that, because global warming or something. Let’s see, liberals are the scientific ones–they are always quick to tell you–but their response to global warming is mandating energy products that don’t exist, cars that don’t run, and poisonous light bulbs, while we funnel billions and billions of dollars to crappy countries that don’t like us. BRILLIANT! So, assuming that you guys are totally right on the science (which you aren’t) and that the whole thing isn’t a gigantic scam–like unto eugencis back in the day–to grab up more political power (which it is), the only possible solution to this huge problem is more government control of everything?

The same politicans that have saddled us with millions of pages of regulations, suck up all our time, and harrass us with bureacrats are also in bed with the unions, an institution which made wonderful sense back in ye olde tymes of child slave labor and rat flavored sausage, but now primarily exist to take money from their employees to funnel through their very wealthy leadership to democrat politicians, in order to ensure that the guy that sweeps the floor makes at least $60,000 and has full benefits from the day he retires until he dies in thirty years.

via The President says we’re soft « Monster Hunter Nation.

The President and Congress and all the bureaucracies are doing everything they can to stifle productivity and destroy the nation… and yet it’s still basically chugging along.  And people have the gall to blame our problems on Capitalism and demand more stifling regulation, more government, more taxes.

Because if poking yourself in the eye hurts, you might as well jab one in the other eye to make yourself feel better!  And cut off that nose, too!

U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds To Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast And Furious,’ Documents Show

Nobody breaks more laws than the government that passed them:

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice’s previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a “botched” operation where agents simply “lost track” of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.

via U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds To Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast And Furious,’ Documents Show | Fox News.

Three More Stories on Solyndra

Cato explores the amount of money Solyndra put into lobbying for free money from the government:

Is the taxpayers’ lost $535 million in the green-energy company Solyndra just an unfortunate business failure, or is there something more scandalous involved? You should read every word of this front-page New York Times article. Sure, it says that “no evidence has emerged that political favoritism played a role in what administration officials assert were merit-based decisions.” But the story is full of smoking guns.

via The Solyndra Story Keeps Unfolding | Cato @ Liberty.

And CoyoteBlog mocks the ever-obtuse Krugman’s inability to distinguish between “forced donations stolen from taxpayers and given to political favorites” and “private venture capital:”

…government loan guarantees go only to those companies who the free market has chosen NOT to fund. If the free market was willing to toss another half billion into Solyndra, its owners would not have been burning a path back and forth to Washington. So by definition, every single government loan guarantee in this program is to a company or a technology that the free market, knowledgeable investors, and industry insiders have rejected as a bad investment. For the program to work, one has to believe that Obama, Chu, and some career energy department bureaucrats have a better understanding of commercializing technologies than do private investors (who are investing with their own money) and industry experts.

via Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Krugman Misses the Point (Is that An Evergreen Headline or What?).

While Obama’s Media Outlets continue to run interference for the administration by pretending like the story doesn’t exist, and there’s no controversy here:

Appearing Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the CEO and CFO of Solyndra both invoked their fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.

But instead of highlighting the cover-up in the scandal of the $535 million federal loan trumpeted by the Obama administration to the solar panel manufacturer which went bankrupt, neither ABC nor NBC mentioned the development Friday night and CBS allocated a mere 25 seconds.

via ABC and NBC Spike Solyndra Execs Taking the 5th, CBS Gives It 25 Seconds |

Just goes to show – if you ever think you’re about to screw up big, make sure you register as a Democrat before the media finds out.