Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SAR #12261

Whatever the Security State does is legal. What you do protect yourself isn't.

Shock! Forget QE3, the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf and the saber-rattling between China and Japan - we've just learned that Kate Middleton actually has breasts! Unbelievable!

Sock Puppet: The Mitten made the mistake of giving his opinion of the American people to the American people. This violates several basic rules of the political charade. [BTW, that 47% includes all those living on Social Security & that huge bunch of workers making less than $20,000 a year, the unemployed...]

Roll Call: Muslim movie critics have taken to the street in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Indonesia, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Philippines, Azerbaijan and possibly Syria, but it's hard to tell what's going on in Syria. The US State Department also gave the film two thumbs down.

Love Labor's Lost: China and Japan are ancient enemies. And current ones, too. How do you say 'armada' in Mandarin?

Now You See It, Soon You Won't: The Arctic Ice cap, which was supposed to hang around to 2100, or 2050 or at least 2030, is now likely to be gone in four years. By 2015/16. But don't worry, it's just one of those lies the climate change people keep telling, like heat waves and droughts.

X-Files: Fox News has learned that President Obama “answers to the Quran first and the Constitution second.”

Damned/Damned: Without greater reliance on nuclear power, the effort to stop - or significantly slow -catastrophic global warming will be lost. But the record suggests that a greater reliance on nuclear power may well introduce other catastrophes. Perhaps the answer is in less, not more.

Mumbled Numbers: The Empire State manufacturing survey decreased from a negative 5.9 reading in August to a negative 10.4 in September. The new-orders index dropped to a negative 14.0. Negative, very negative.

Missing The Point: The New Republic ran an article describing how Paul Ryan convinced Washington of his genius. But the real question is how Ryan himself came to believe he was a genius.

Another View: “Yet the underlying fact of all of these historical threads has been the United States’ oil-driven foreign policy. Very simply, the United States has for over half a century pursued a foreign policy in the region geared toward maintaining the flow of oil out of the region at any cost . . . you do not stir the hornet’s nest and then expect not to get stung.”

Rubbing It In: Over the past 50 years, the salty parts of the oceans have become saltier and the fresh regions have become fresher, and the degree of change is greater than scientists can explain. Betcha' it ain't good news.

Goose/Gander: Forget that corporate America routinely walks away from mortgages (and other commitments) that become inconvenient. That's business. But if you walk away from your underwater house, the FHFA will come after you. Apparently making smart financial decisions is now a crime.

Connect the Dots: Paul Ryan says the Romney's tax plan is to have the Congress come up with the details that Romney and Ryan are so vague about, then they will claim them as their own. Ryan did not say what dire fate awaits congresscritters who color outside the lines.

Facts Is Facts: No politician ever got elected by promising to impose serious costs on the voters for the benefit of the unborn. Nor will one be.

Porn O'Graph: Focus.

The Parting Shot:



rjs said...

just to answer that Damned post about nuclear being some kind of solution:

in the aftermath of fukushima, Takashi Hirose, a japanese scientist, computed that in japan's nuclear energy program, two thirds of the heat energy, or approximately 100,000,000 kilowatts of energy per day, was being lost; meaning "that every day they were pumping into the sea energy equivalent to 100 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima"...i am guessing the heat loss from other forms of electric generation is comparable, but whatever the case, it's obvious that our heating of the planet goes far beyond the heat trapped by human generated greenhouse gases...


mistah charley, ph.d. said...

re the disappearance of the Artic ice cap: I can't agree with the climate boffin's rec that society "must urgently examine other ways of slowing global warming, such as the various geo-engineering ideas that have been put forward." Two words: "unintended consequences."

Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III said...

mistah charley is right, the only thing scarier than the promised effects of global warming is the promise by engineers to save us. They'd be better off working out ways to capitalize on all the wasted heat from thermal and nuclear power plants... ckm

I'm Not POTUS said...

When all is said and done, hopefully enough people of higher intelligence survive and will get it up and running.