Saturday, July 30, 2011

I guess we're warming the galaxy now

Would you believe that there is a real possibility that the "models" that warmists use are wrong? Shocking news, I know. (Yes, that is totally sarcastic.)

Consider this post on Forbes blog:
"New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism" by James Taylor

The common models may be wrong. That is the conclusion I came to long ago, due to warmists' inability to match their models to actual climate developments. This post discusses a paper that shows a possible reason why, one of the sources of error.

However, I don't expect that this will stop the warmists. From the post:

"'The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,' Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. 'There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.'"

"In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted."

You know what this means, right?

Yes, you guessed it. We are not merely guilty of global warming. We are to blame for GALACTIC WARMING! Remember, you heard it here first. :)

Postscript, July 31, 2011:

Here is a rebuttal from the warmists, for what it's worth. As I've said before, until they can create models that match the base case (demonstrate that their models match actual climate changes in the past) I don't take them seriously. Nonetheless, here it is, from RealClimate:

"Misdiagnosis of Surface Temperature Feedback" by Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quote of the Day: Gandalf on life

I was watching The Lord of the Rings the other night. And this dialogue from the movie resonated with me.

From YouTube:
"One of the best Lord of the Rings Quotes: Gandalf in Moria" posted by Elessar1809

Said Gandalf: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

I guess that doesn't sound like much, but when you see the whole scene in context it makes more sense. Give it a look and see if you agree.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Independent Money

Check out this video. It's a very basic description of the difference between gold currency and fiat currency. It advocates gold currency. Certainly, gold is not perfect. But in my opinion it is the best choice of currency we have. Fiat currencies are too easy for governments to manipulate, at the expense of their own people.

From YouTube:
"Gold: Independent Money" posted by Frizzers

The thing that really gives away the true purpose of fiat currency is the fact that governments outlaw any alternative. They insist on a monopoly. They are counterfeiters who can't stand any competition. They literally cannot let their citizens be free. Advocates of gold currency don't attempt to abolish fiat currency, they don't need to. All they request is the freedom to write contacts in any currency they choose.

Check out the bill to allow gold currency for yourself:
H.R. 1098: Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011

Here is the full text of the bill:
Text of H.R. 1098: Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011

Here is a summary of the bill:
H.R. 1098: Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011

And here is the section of the U.S. Code that this bill is attempting to repeal:
§ 5103. Legal tender

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Occasionally they tell the truth: Congressman Jim Moran on redistribution

Check out this video, an interview of Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia. This Congressman is so stupid that he doesn't even understand how he contradicts himself in the span of a minute and a half.

From YouTube:
"Congressman Moran blows up" posted by janhelfeld

Did you catch that? It is wrong to forcibly take people's money. The government should protect people from that, according to Moran. But suddenly it's okay to do so if the government does it, for the purpose of redistributing wealth. This guy is a socialist. And he flat-out admits it.

The sad part is, he's not the only one. He just happens to be so stupid that he doesn't even realize that he's admitting it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Steve Wynn: Obama Is Killing the Economy

I've had this on my list for a while. I'm sure you've seen this if you pay any attention to politics at all. But just in case, here is one businessman's take on why our economy is floundering. It's not that complicated if you have any understanding of economics at all (go to if you don't). Remember, Wynn is a self-described Democrat.

"Steve Wynn: Obama Is Killing the Economy" by Forrest Jones

From YouTube:
"Steve Wynn Goes On Epic Anti-Obama Rant On Company Conference Call"

"This is Obama's deal and it's Obama that's responsible for this fear in America. The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution. And, maybe we [the administration] ought to do something to businesses that don't invest, they're holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government and there's no need soft-peddling it, it's the truth. It is the truth! And that's true of Democratic businessmen and Republican businessmen, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And, I'm telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs."

"I could spend the next three hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our health care costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right."

Interestingly, Wynn Resorts continues to expand in ... China!

From the Wall Street Journal:
"Wynn Macau Sets Positive Tone for Casino Rivals" by Kate O'Keeffe

And from Forbes:
"Wynn EPS Triples To $1.60 On Macau Strength" by Agustino Fontevecchia

Think about it: China is less socialistic, in some ways and in some places, than the United States are! If we continue to make it difficult to do business here, companies will do business elsewhere. It's just not that complicated.

Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, also made similar remarks. Consider this article from the Investor's Business Daily:
"Home Depot Co-Founder: Obama Is Choking Recovery" by John Merline

"Marcus: The U.S. government. Having built a small business into a big one, I can tell you that today the impediments that the government imposes are impossible to deal with. Home Depot would never have succeeded if we'd tried to start it today. Every day you see rules and regulations from a group of Washington bureaucrats who know nothing about running a business. And I mean every day. It's become stifling."

"Marcus: His [Obama's] speeches are wonderful. His output is absolutely, incredibly bad. As he speaks about cutting out regulations, they are now producing thousands of pages of new ones. With just ObamaCare by itself, you have a 2,000 page bill that's probably going to end up being 150,000 pages of regulations."

"Marcus: They are all tied together. If we don't lower spending and if we don't deal with paying down the debt, we are going to have to raise taxes. Even brain-dead economists understand that when you raise taxes, you cost jobs."

"Marcus: I'm not sure Obama would understand anything that I'd say, because he's never really worked a day outside the political or legal area. He doesn't know how to make a payroll, he doesn't understand the problems businesses face. I would try to explain that the plight of the businessman is very reactive to Washington. As Washington piles on regulations and mandates, the impact is tremendous. I don't think he's a bad guy. I just think he has no knowledge of this."

When researching these remarks, I also came across some old articles. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution a little less than a year ago:
"Bernie Marcus unloads on Obama administration in CNBC interview" by Henry Unger marcus obama&ei=sNkpToLADoy4tgeBvanXAg&usg=AFQjCNHotMPvsvh3umjd99m818aRi5B4mg&sig2=u5ebbmNjfd5AtoSxL9Bx0g&cad=rja

"In a scathing criticism of the Obama administration, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus told CNBC Friday that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should have a reality-TV show about small business to illustrate how out of touch Democrats’ policies are with the private sector."

"'My solution is that you take a guy like Timothy Geithner and put him in a new reality show. It’s called ‘Timothy Geithner Does Small Business’, something like [the porn movie] ‘Debbie Does Dallas’, and it ends up the same way,' said Marcus. 'Basically, what they’re doing to small business is very similar in this case [to what ‘Debbie’ did to Dallas.]'"

"Hyperbole aside, Marcus said the administration’s poor performance warrants the Democrats being voted out of office."