Feb 10 2010

Straw men are so easy to knock down - Free Medical for All

Kal @ 11:15

The wingnuts have been kind of quiet lately, or maybe I am just getting bored with their ridiculous content. This one at least had a cute cartoon.

Free Medical Straw Man

Nothing I saw either during the presidential campaign or the subsequent health care battle promised free medical care at all. As I recall, one of the main points is to bring medical costs under control.

But hey, why deal with reality when a lie will do?


Category: wingnuttery | Politics | misinformation

Jan 16 2010

If It’s That Warm, How Come It’s So Damned Cold?

Kal @ 12:39

From a PDF by 4 authors:


The past year, 2009, tied as the second warmest year in the 130 years of global instrumental temperature records, in the surface temperature analysis of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The Southern Hemisphere set a record as the warmest year for that half of the world.

Global mean temperature, as shown in Figure 1a, was 0.57°C (1.0°F) warmer than climatology (the 1951-1980 base period). Southern Hemisphere mean temperature, as shown in Figure 1b, was 0.49°C (0.88°F) warmer than in the period of climatology.

20100115 Hanson Graph1 Figure 1. (a) GISS analysis of global surface temperature change. Green vertical bar is estimated 95 percent confidence range (two standard deviations) for annual temperature change. (b) Hemispheric temperature change in GISS analysis. (Base period is 1951-1980. This base period is fixed consistently in GISS temperature analysis papers – see References. Base period 1961-1990 is used for comparison with published HadCRUT analyses in Figures 3 and 4.)

The global record warm year, in the period of near-global instrumental measurements (since the late 1800s), was 2005. Sometimes it is asserted that 1998 was the warmest year. The origin of this confusion is discussed below.



Category: Climate Change

Jan 12 2010

Google Gets It - A new approach to China

Kal @ 20:31

From the Official Google Blog

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.


Category: Morals | Politics

Dec 21 2009

Der Spiegel reporter tell Inhofe: “You’re ridiculous.”

Kal @ 12:16

Oklahoma is proud of him, or at least some of them are. From Climate Progress:

Sen. Inhofe (R-OIL) has mostly become a laughingstock on this continent.  He’s made absurd statements attacking military leaders trying to warn about the dangers of human-caused global warming (see Inhofe trashes generals who advocate for bipartisan clean energy legislation: They crave “the limelight”).  Heck even the Palin-embracing Washington Post mocks Inhofe as “the last flat-earther.” Not it turns out he’s a laughingstock on two continents now, as made clear in this Think Progress repost.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6k4oCOrsOBE/SiqLQOR7m_I/AAAAAAAAAM4/IgauOfsTpwY/s400/bozo-copy2.jpgBack in September, godfather of global warming deniers Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) announced that he would be going to the U.N.’s climate change summit in Copenhagen this week to present “another view.” “I think somebody has to be there — a one-man truth squad,” he said. His “truth squad” later expanded to three, with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joining in.


Category: wingnuttery | Sustainability | Politics | Climate Change

Dec 20 2009

Nancy Pelosi jet smear rises again in wingnut email

Kal @ 13:14

The wingnuts have been a little quiet lately and I have been busy, but today I got one with this taunt:

Put this in your wingnut section, I dare you!!!!.....(:-)


No problem. The subject was: “Now here is something we can cap and trade”. Followed by: “This is totally disgusting.  We've got to get rid of her next year!!!!”

But on to the smear. It starts out with a nice picture of a jet airplane that links to a Boeing site describing a C-32A Executive Transport.

Boeing jet with US logo



Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Dec 6 2009

This Idiot Thinks Obama Was Born In Kenya

Kal @ 00:05

Whoever started this must really hate Obama since he is apparently blaming him for globalization and John Smith’s buying habits.

There are some good points in this wingnut email. Too bad they had to clutter it up with the birther junk at the end.



Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Dec 5 2009

No More Energy Worries

Kal @ 23:24

Yet another wingnut email. This one is somewhat plausible, but wrong none-the-less. I have no idea what Lowell’s comment about the environmentalist means, but the most likely outcome for “all that power” is that it stays in the ground.

Thanks to the environmentalist,  How do we get rid of all that power?

Lowell M

Read the whole report especially the end. This is real eye opener.
Subject: FW: Bakken Oil --More than the rest of the World combined



Category: Climate Change | Conventional Economics | misinformation | Peak Oil | Resource Depletion | wingnuttery

Nov 19 2009

A Plan to Power the US NOW 100% Without Imported Oil

Kal @ 11:27

This radical idea comes from John Michael Greer on his blog in a piece titled: Facing the Deindustrial Age

Thus it's one thing to try to find some way to power today's industrial system with renewable sources while leaving intact the structures of everyday life that give our civilization its extravagant appetite for energy. It's quite another thing, and much closer to the realm of the possible, to use renewable energy to meet the far more modest energy requirements of an agrarian society. Especially in North America, restating the question in this way opens up immense possibilities. Very few people who live on this continent, for instance, have noticed that it's only our energy-wasting lifestyles that keep us dependent on imported oil -- with all the unwelcome economic and political consequences that brings. Even 35 years after its own Hubbert peak, the United States is still one of the largest producers of oil on Earth. If the average American used only as much energy per year as the average European, America would be exporting oil, not importing it. Only our insistence on clinging to the dysfunctional lifestyles of an age that is passing away keeps such an obviously constructive goal off the table in discussions of national energy policy.

I will repeat the money line for emphasis: If the average American used only as much energy per year as the average European, America would be exporting oil, not importing it.

Of course, cutting consumption is not the only thing we should be doing. We should be adding renewable energy sources as fast as they can be manufactured until only the most basic transportation needs are powered by oil. If we limit the use of fossil fuels to powering airplanes, we probably have enough to last quite a long time.


Category: Sustainability | Solar | Resource Depletion | Politics | Economics | Climate Change

Nov 17 2009

I wonder if it is illegal to advocate killing legislators?

Kal @ 09:05

This wingnut email came from Greg and had the usual suspects in the distribution list. I suppose he would defend it with the usual, “pay no attention to the content, this is humor.” Well some things are funnier than others, and this one is pretty far down on the list, as well as being in bad taste.

Maxine's Perfect Solution


Cartoon Lady Here  is the solution:

While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution.  I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care.  A new hip?  Unheard of.  We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore.  You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc.  Let's take care of the young people.  After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.



Category: wingnuttery | Politics

Nov 17 2009

Some can not believe a black man is President

Kal @ 08:47

This one has come around before, maybe even from Greg. It may have been when Shrub was President, certainly fit him better than Obama.

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Category: wingnuttery | Politics