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For quite some time now, we have been told that man made global warming (MMGW) is settled science, supported by a consensus of scientists from various disciplines. Many are also beginning to question the validity of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conclusions.

Recent news :

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming “incontrovertible.”

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WASHINGTON (7-15-08) – Mathematical proof that there is no “climate crisis” appears today in a major, peer-reviewed paper in Physics and Society, a learned journal of the 10,000-strong American Physical Society, SPPI reports.

Christopher Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher, demonstrates via 30 equations that computer models used by the UN’s climate panel (IPCC) were pre-programmed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is “climate sensitivity” (temperature increase in response to greenhouse-gas increase), resulting in a 500-2000% overstatement of CO2’s effect on temperature in the IPCC’s latest climate assessment report, published in 2007.

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My prediction, at some time in the not too distant future, we will hear an announcement from the MMGW crowd that we are no longer threatened, due to the decrease in the number of SUVs on the road caused by the recent record gas prices.

Can Brett Favre be seduced by Dan Snyder’s siren song ? Seems Favre has become less than enamored with Green Bay after their tepid reaction to his return to football. Do the Skins want him, and could they get him ?

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I can easily see Favre-Moss supplanting Manning-Burris as the preeminent pitch-and-catch duo in the NFC East. Given the season Favre had last year, he will not be playing backup in Green Bay, he will be moving on. Why not Washington ?

During my first deployment, my platoon occasionally had to execute a joint mission with the Afghan National Army.  I say “had to” because we didn’t want to.  They were terribly unproffesional and incapable of accomplishing anything by themselves.  Being hooked on opium, most of them were there for the pay.  The police weren’t much better.  Slightly more proffesional in appearance, they were far more corrupt.  I remember thinking at the time that if nothing changed, they would never be able to hold off the Taliban on their own.  I haven’t been back since then, but it doesn’t sound like things have improved.

I am pleased to see that this is not the case in Iraq.

In the small section of Baghdad I see regularly, the Iraqi forces are all over the place.   The Iraqi Army, Iraqi police, and third party groups like Sons of Iraq have really stepped up to the plate.  Carrying American weapons and driving American trucks, I always see them standin’ tall and lookin’ good.  Planning and conducting their own patrols, security stations, and traffic checkpoints, it’s only a matter of time before they are completely running this area on their own.  I’ve yet to work with them directly, but on the few occasions I’ve gotten to talk with one of them, I’ve always perceived through the language barrier an impressive sense of pride and duty. I’ve yet to hear one of them complain.

I cannot overstate the positive impact these forces are having.  Aside from the obvious benefit of having their forces share the burden, there is a huge psychological impact on the public’s view of the new government and the American presence here.  There is a certain amount of racial, religious, and nationalistic prejudice that American forces will never be able to fully overcome in this part of the world.  The Iraqi forces do not have this problem so much.  I’ve been told the Iraqi Army was cheered by crowds lining the streets of Basra when they took back that city.  Also, it’s pretty hard for someone like Muqtada al Sadr to keep complaining about us “foreign occupiers”, when it was the Army loyal to the Shia-led government of this country that kicked his militia out of the Baghdad district named after his father.  Sorry there, Mr. Sadr…you won’t be coming back to Sadr City.

That’s not to say these forces are perfect.  Their capabilities don’t come close to ours, but it is improving.  There is a certain level of corruption and enemy infilitration in these groups.  However, it hasn’t been enough to overshadow the overall positive impact that they are having.

We are winning here, and their efforts are helping.  I wish I could thank them each personally, soldier to soldier.

What a dope:

In his first substantive talk about the magazine’s inflammatory cartoon depicting him and his wife as fist-bumping terrorists, Obama told CNN’s Larry King the image fueled misconceptions and insulted Muslim Americans…

“I’ve seen and heard worse,” Obama said. “[Still], in attempting to satirize something, they probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead.”

What he should have said is, “Heh, it’s funny, they do this all the time, right? I’m a public figure.” The best thing he can say without answering “no comment.”

By attempting to defend himself, Obama keeps the issue alive. Like I said, playing defense means he has something to defend against.

This whole issue of Barack Obama’s Muslim, anti-American, pro-terrorist alleged affiliations is blossoming.

It’s only July, folks.

I am guessing by the time September rolls around the Obama campaign will be holding out for nothing more than a single podcast debate with John McCain aired solely over an IRC channel. Barack has, as they say, some “issues.”

John McCain should be chomping at the bit to get this guy in a public forum.

While the title of this post may appear a blatant play for Google traffic, longtime readers of this blog will know I would never stoop to such cynical tactics.

A “Dr. Kring” is reportedly recommending NASA study the practicalities of sex in space:

He believes that Nasa could learn from the operation of bases at the South Pole, where researchers who are separated from their families for months at a time take “expedition spouses” as sexual partners for the duration.

He said: “You have an exclusive relationship with them for six to nine months but when the expedition is over, so is the relationship and you return to your normal lives and families.”

He added: “The polar environment has similar characteristics of isolation and confinement to space. Most of the evidence suggests that the addition of women there has had a positive effect on these traditionally all male crews.”

I’ll say.

It is personally comforting to me to know that scientists going into polar regions for a few months nowadays get concubines for the trip, and also that everyone goes home to their normal lives and families afterwards, and also that my geek friends from college who were mired down in organic chem while I was drinking Southern Comfort and arguing philosophy eventually made out quite all right. Better living through science, indeed. When I dropped calculus my senior year of high school, I had no idea the fork in the road I was then choosing and the fabulous life of hedonism I was leaving behind.

Clearly, the question of sex on Mars is an interesting one … sex on the Moon slightly less so. The Moon trip would likely only be six or nine months: You tell your wife, Hey I’ll be away nine months and Dr. Lovelace will be my expeditionary spouse, and your wife probably responds with something like, “Like hell” and you don’t get to go.

But Mars -well that’s pretty exotic, a few years project at least and a cherry subtitle on the curriculum vitae. You say: Honey, we are preparing the way for the next stage of humankind, the point of departure for civilization, the very evolution of our species, so me and Dr. Lovelace will be testing all the ramifications of gestation in a zero-gravity environment. I trust you and the kids will be fine until I get back and we start up the Wednesday night bridge games again.

I’m sure 99 out of 100 wives will say: Well, you were a physics major, I knew what I was getting into when I said “I do.”

We have some scientists around here: What say you, guys? Is Dr. Kring spilling the beans?

George Will is one of my favorite writers.  Come to think of it, with the passing of WFB he IS my favorite writer.  Will’s articles on baseball and politics, two of my passions, are a mainstay for this conservative.  George and WFB both abandoned Jorge Bush long before many others and frankly looking back it only goes to show how much smarter they where than the rest, including yours truly.

Will has now written about another passion of mine, Beer.  George quickly puts beer in the driver seat with regard to the devlopment of our current world.

The development of civilization depended on urbanization, which depended on beer.

This is an obvious truth, why this statement does not appear on our money I do not know.  George continues …

Dying of cirrhosis of the liver in your forties was better than dying of dysentery in your twenties.

I am going to have a Guiness now, for medical reasons, with the upcoming presidency I am going to get real health conscious.  I strongly recommend reading the whole of the article and the commentary. For instance

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles per year. Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.

That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

Kind of makes you proud to be an American.

I am on my second beer now, with a tear in my eye.  Such commentary is poetry, sublime poetry.

Well the time has come.  The interviews are over, the permits submitted and the tapes edited.  The only thing left to do is watch this thing from beginning to almost end (sorry but you won’t see the impact-still classified).  Have your daytimers marked for Sunday, July 20th at 2000 hrs or 8pm civilian time.  This is a Discovery presentation but shown on the MILITARY CHANNEL.  I believe the Discovery people will do a great job in holding our interests.  Good watching.

UPDATE:  Here is a complete listing of all showings.

(7/20) 8 and 11 pm  (7/21) 3 am  (7/23) 9 pm  (7/24) 12 and 4 am, 5 pm  (7/26) 12 and 5 pm  (7/30)  2 pm