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calendar   Tuesday - December 24, 2013

storm last night …. our back yard this morning … more to come we are told

After my last post, last evening, the winds huffed and puffed and roared pushing rain hard against the windows.

The noise was much like a flight of prop driven four engine plane.

I was up and down a lot, tried reading as I do every night, but kept getting distracted by the storm.

Took pix this morning. This is going to be costly to get rid of. 

Weather report says we are due for more.  Sure hope not.  They said Friday was going to be pretty bad.  Hope not. The remaining tree is taller than the one that you see here.

Meanwhile, it’s bright and sunny but cool.  wHOOPs >>>>> darn it but the weather here can change fast.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2013 at 08:35 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 10, 2013

and again

Round 2 of “winter storm Dion”.

I think the cloud watchers are getting a bit full of themselves; now every rain storm and snow storm is getting a name, as if it’s historically significant? Oh please.

So anyway, here comes round 2. The snow started falling in earnest - and here in Clinton too - around 7am, and is slated to fall all day. We’ve already got more on the ground than we got on Sunday, but we didn’t get the ice underneath this time. So that’s good.

And it’s a solid heavy snow. You can tell from the absolute silence outside, and the blanketed feeling the house gets. So I’ll put on a nice heavy sweater and pour myself a nice hot cuppa.

Hey, a bit of a miracle last night. My whole team was present for Late League last night, we all bowled well, and we won all 3 games - 13 out of 16 points. We even wont the beer frame. I was feeling very positive and relaxed, and rolled 9 in a row in Game 2 for a 258. It coulda been more, maybe a 268 with 10, but I tried too hard and went XX0 in the 10th. Oh well. So I came out with a 596 for the night, and I’m more than happy with that, especially since I threw the Butterscotch Bomb the whole night.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/10/2013 at 08:33 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 08, 2013

The Big Fizzle

Major Snow Storm Slams East Coast

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a foot of snow in Delaware and threatening a messy Monday commute in the northeast corridor.

The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads ...

so my wife ran out to the stores and got us bags full of essential things to eat, because the big storm was going to smash us.

so I went out a few hours later and got us bags full of all the good stuff to eat, cakes and pies and chips and salsa, ice cream on sale for half price, cheese and crackers, sodas and beer, because the storm was going to smash us. Filled up the gas tanks, had flashlights and batteries ready, extra blankets and so on.

It’s midnight. It’s been snowing since around 3pm.

We’ve had ... oh, about 3/4 of an inch. Maybe a bit less. And it stopped snowing around 8 or 9. And tomorrow it’s going to warm up and melt away.

Garrrggh. This almost always happens. The storms either move up the coast and we’re too far inland, or they come in from the West, but to the North of us. And we get ... diddly.  Sure, I should say a prayer we’re so lucky. I know. But it sort of feels like we were ripped off.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/08/2013 at 11:49 PM   
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calendar   Monday - October 28, 2013

The UK Blows

Big Storms In England

Power out, trees down, rough waves,

3 killed so far

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Two people have died, hundreds of thousands of homes have been left without power and rush-hour commuters suffered transport chaos as hurricane-force conditions battered Britain.

Winds of almost 100mph pushed across the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England on Monday morning, killing two people and causing disruption for hundres of thousands of people.

A man in his 50s was killed when a tree fell on the Peugeot 307 car he was driving in Watford, Hertfordshire, at around 6.50am. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl was killed in Hever, Kent, when a tree blew on to the caravan where she was sleeping at 7.18am.

In East Sussex, RNLI coastguards had to stand down the search for a 14-year-old boy who was swept into the sea while playing in the surf in Newhaven.

Up to 220,000 homes suffered power cuts as St Jude’s storm, UK Power Networks said.

Falling trees and other debris covering railway tracks caused travel misery for thousands of commuters, with trains and London Underground services suspended. The port of Dover in Kent had to shut, more than 130 flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled and many roads were impassable due to fallen trees. 

Train and flight schedules disrupted nationwide.

Trees down, branches down, plenty of pictures of those, but no trailer parks full of gypos sucked up by the tempest and deposited in Belgium. Rats.




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1:16 pm

Here is a quick update on the latest developments on the trains.

More than 100 trees have fallen on lines in the south of England with engineers busy working to get services up and running again.

Michael Roberts, the director-general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Train operators and Network Rail are working together to get services back up and running as quickly as possible following this morning’s disruption.

“With over 100 trees having fallen on rail lines across the South of England, the safety of passengers and railway staff is our top priority. People should continue to check the NRE website before they travel.”

1:07 pm

With lunchtime approaching its a good time for a round-up of everything that has happened this morning.

Here are the latest headlines:

A 17-year-old girl and a man in his 50s have been killed in separate incidents by falling trees
A 14-year-old boy called Dylan Alkins is feared dead after being swept into the sea in Newhaven, Sussex last night
Three homes in Hounslow, west London, have been partially destroyed after a tree fell onto a gas main and caused an explosion
The Cabinet Office in central London was damaged this morning when a crane came crashing down
About 270,000 homes were left without power across the UK after damage to power lines
The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood warnings and 127 flood alerts
Train services up and down the country have been badly affected - check latest information with operator
The storm has now passed the UK and is heading towards Holland

I feel for them, truly. But in a way their weather emergencies are almost quaint, because the country is so small. “Massive storm approaching, save the cheese!”, all England goes into panic/prep mode, the storm hits, and in 3 hours the sun is out again. In America, the storm hits somewhere in Florida or Texas and stays around for a national tour that lasts a week or longer.

We get entire towns wiped out by tornadoes. They get some trees down. But to be fair, they do get some incredible wave action down at the beach. But it’s SAFE giant waves; people pack up a lunch and run down there to watch.

And to give the Devil his final due, they do get situations we just never see ...

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early morning London commuters were chased around the Old Street roundabout by a giant beachball


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/28/2013 at 08:22 AM   
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calendar   Monday - October 21, 2013

In the Chill of the Night

OMG, it’s quarter after four in the morning here, and this place is FREEZING!!

I had the heat on Saturday but turned it off when we went out Sunday and we were gone most of the day, not getting back here to stay until late. And we went to bed soon after that.

Weather thingy says it’s 35°F out. Hmmphf. OK, maybe not our first actual freeze, but I’m sure that’s cold enough to kill what’s left of the basil growing in the pot out on the patio.

Fall has fallen. Winter is coming.

And I’m going back to bed. Brrr!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/21/2013 at 03:11 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 30, 2013

wuss cries over climate and vows to never fly again.

An excellent example of the lemming like mentality of modern Liberals.
By voluntarily eliminating himself, he is making room for much saner people to prosper.
Doc Jeff

Got a heads up on this article. Again, from Doc Jeff and I missed this as I haven’t seen it yet in the hard copy.  Might be an on line version only.
Funny thing about this, the DM (daily mail) has reported a slightly different version of findings, and even on the radio I heard that there is still some questions unanswered even among members of the IPCC.  Whatever. A hundred years from now ppl will be referring to this in the same manner as we do with regard to the Tulip Mania in Holland in the 1600s.  Of course, human nature being what it is, it’s a certainty that there will be something to replace our current climate mania with something just as stupid. 

This guy is a total wuss.

What sort of grown man cries over this subject?  Cringe worthy article but the comments following make for pretty good reading.
Clearly, the vast majority of people just do not buy into this. Yet here we are in a world controlled by climate change fanatics. 
Take a look.


‘No children, happy to go extinct’, tweets weatherman after grim climate-change report made him cry (now he’s considering a vasectomy)

Eric Holthaus, who used to do weather for Wall Street Journal, was reacting to Friday’s findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Scientists found in the report that it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends
Holthaus said he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and has considered having a vasectomy
He tweeted on Friday ‘no children, happy to go extinct’
The weatherman also said he is committed to stop flying as ‘it’s not worth the climate’
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, calls the report ‘an alarm bell’
It means scientists have moved from being 90 per cent sure to 95 per cent sure regarding global warming

By Marie-louise Olson

A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy.

He also vowed to stop flying after the world’s recent climate-change report made him cry.

Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.

On Friday afternoon the weatherman tweeted: ‘No children, happy to go extinct, which in and of itself, carries a certain sadness. #IPCC’

His next tweet said: ‘Its a very emotional decision. Mixed feelings. adios babies?’

According to another tweet from Holthaus, the Dutch artist known as Tinkebell, who calls attention to animal rights issues through works that use the remains of dead animals, had herself sterilised last week for a similar reason.

Holthaus, who now writes for Quartz, has decided he will also reduce his carbon footprint by giving up on air travel.

‘I just broke down in tears in boarding area at SFO while on phone with my wife. I’ve never cried because of a science report before. #IPCC,’ was his first tweet on around 2pm on Friday.

‘I realised just now: This has to be the last flight I ever take. I’m committing right now to stop flying. It’s not worth the climate,’ he tweeted a few minutes later. 

It’s worth reading what a lot of folks are saying in reply in comments at the DM.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/30/2013 at 10:05 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 23, 2013

scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temp.hasn’t risen for the last 15 years.

Is Gennifer Flowers still making news in the USA?  Cos there was a full page on her in the paper Friday last.

In case you forgot or maybe would like to forget, she’s the woman who some years ago while Clinton was campaigning for the WH, claimed to have had an affair of some long standing with him.  Twelve years in fact. Clinton finally owned up his dalliance with her.  Some 6 years after she said they were an item.

Well now, this really large headline greeted us Friday with a quote from her that says, “I’d still be with Bill Clinton if it hadn’t been for the birth of Chelsea”. 

She still has a crush on the dude? Does anyone care anymore? Did anyone ever care to begin with? Well, except for his wife and now his grown daughter.

What I find interesting though isn’t all of that.  I find it interesting that a paper here would print Flower’s claim that Hillary Clinton is Bi-Sexual.
Woo-hoo.  Did papers in the US pick up this story?

Ok, that wasn’t supposed to be my post anyway. I just found it weirdly interesting that they’d publish here.
What I actually intended to post was this, which won’t come as a shock to anyone.

World’s top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years

Leaked United Nations report reveals the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years

Politicians have raised concerns about the final draft

Fears that the findings will encourage deniers of man-made climate change

By Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent

Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.

A leaked copy of a United Nations report, compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States raised concerns about the final draft.

Published next week, it is expected to address the fact that 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures have not yet exceeded it, which scientists have so far struggled to explain.

The report is the result of six years’ work by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is seen as the world authority on the extent of climate change and what is causing it – on which governments including Britain’s base their green policies.

But leaked documents seen by the Associated Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.

Germany called for the references to the slowdown in warming to be deleted, saying looking at a time span of just 10 or 15 years was ‘misleading’ and they should focus on decades or centuries.

Hungary worried the report would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change.

Belgium objected to using 1998 as a starting year for statistics, as it was exceptionally warm and makes the graph look flat - and suggested using 1999 or 2000 instead to give a more upward-pointing curve.

The United States delegation even weighed in, urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the ‘leading hypothesis’ among scientists that the lower warming is down to more heat being absorbed by the ocean – which has got hotter.

The last IPCC ‘assessment report’ was published in 2007 and has been the subject of huge controversy after it had to correct the embarrassing claim that the Himalayas would melt by 2035.

It was then engulfed in the ‘Climategate’ scandal surrounding leaked emails allegedly showing scientists involved in it trying to manipulate their data to make it look more convincing – although several inquiries found no wrongdoing.

The latest report, which runs to 2,000 pages, will be shown to representatives from all 195 governments next week at a meeting in Stockholm, who can discuss alterations they want to make.

But since it was issued to governments in June, they have raised hundreds of objections about the 20-page summary for policymakers, which sums up the findings of the scientists.

What it says will inform renewable energy policies and how much consumers and businesses will pay for them.

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And that my friends is, the bottom line. Innit? What’s it gonna cost?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/23/2013 at 01:35 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 22, 2013

heat wave

When in panic or in doubt
Run in circles, scream and shout



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Yes, it was notable news ... in 1957 when this was published.

Click over to Climate Depot for the latest on the mock-crisis of Climate Change.

PS - Don’t worry; the Arctic ice is at it’s highest level in a long time, with more than 50% more ice than last year, now that the peak of the melting season has passed. And the Antarctic ice is at record setting levels. So if anything, you’d figure there would be more water than ever locked up in ice floes. Maybe so. That’s why the UN - where all the real, honest climate scientists work - is predicting that sea levels could rise as much as 80cm - 31.5” - in the next 87 years. Run for your lives!!!!111!

The world is on track to become up to five degrees hotter, and sea levels could rise more than 80 centimetres this century, according to a leaked draft of a landmark climate change report prepared for the UN.

There is now a 95 per cent likelihood human greenhouse gas emissions are driving changes being observed globally, which in recent weeks have included extraordinary heatwaves in Asia and Alaska.

That degree of certainty has been revised up from 90 per cent in the last report in 2007, 66 per cent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995. A sea level rise of up to 82 centimetres, which would have serious impacts on coastal cities everywhere, is now ‘’unequivocal’’, Reuters reported.

So let’s tax the daylights out of any country with white people in it, to obtain billions to fight this menace, while completely ignoring asking the Turd Word - with 1/2 the world’s population, diversely brown, black, and yellow people (China, India, Indonesia, and almost all of Africa) - to do as much as not burn a single twig less. Because equality. And development. Oh, and to make it work, we’re going to have to institute a totalitarian one-world government with complete control over every aspect of your life. But it’s for the chiiiildren. And the plaaaanet. So submit. You racist.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/22/2013 at 10:53 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 13, 2013

I’d rather have the cocktail instead

If you mix black rum and ginger beer on the rocks you get a cocktail called a Dark and Stormy. The classic version is made with Gosling’s rum, which is about as ink dark a black rum as you’ll ever find. Good stuff.

Outside today it’s also dark and stormy. Raining like mad, and so dreary that the street lights are still on at 10am. Blah. A great day to have a nice breakfast and then crawl back under the covers for a few more hours sleep. As if.

No, got stuff to do. Waiting for a minor break in the downpour so I can run out to the store.

Oh, and that Gosling’s rum? The regular bottle is a bit weak at 80 proof. They make a 151 proof version too. Both cost the same, and neither is that expensive. Very strong flavor, but good. I like to get one of each proof and mix them, giving me 2 bottles of 115 proof, which is about where rum really ought to be. It’s got snap and fire at that point, but isn’t so strong that it burns out your throat.

I don’t know why the booze guys don’t sell rum in the 100-110 proof range. That’s where it wakes up, and makes for a vastly better drinking experience. Oh, I know why. It’s because Americans are pretty juvenile when it comes to hard liquor. Most of it isn’t for drinking straight, it’s for mixing with soda and artificial fruit juice. That’s why vodka comes in 15 different flavors, and at least half the shelf space for rum is given over to the candy flavored stuff. It’s all crap. Low quality spirits, roughly fermented and unaged, sweetened up with some artificial rubber banana nonsense.  Bah, just shut up Drew. You’re the only guy out there who thinks the perfect mixed for most booze is a single ice cube.  right, rant over.

Hey, I think the rain has let up. It’s still quite dark out, but I’ll hazard a quick trip to the store anyway.

.... ach, crivens! I thought I hit the publish key on this early this morning!!  Needless to say, I’ve been a busy bee all day. And now I have to go off to the Gathering o’ The Teams ... the get-together meeting for Greed League. Yeah, despite my bitching, I’m still in it. But I’ll be pushing for big changes this year.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2013 at 04:41 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 04, 2013

The Laugh Graph

Shortest, Coldest Summer Ever

In The Arctic



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Damn that tricksy Global Warming!! Next thing you know, the North Pole will be buried in ice!!

Daily mean temperature and climate north of the 80th northern parallel, as a function of the day of year



“Normally the high Arctic has about 90 days above freezing. This year there was less than half that,” says Steven Goddard website.

A graph of the Arctic ice area shows that there is more ice - new, old, thick, thin: it’s still ice - up at the top of the world than has been there in 6 years.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the sun being so quiescent?

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Big Blue Marble ... Antarctic sea ice is growing like mad, breaking all kinds of records. Golly, it’s like a little Ice Age is headed our way!

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Antarctic sea ice extent at the end of July was the highest on record for that day, growing to 18.077 million sq km. The previous record of 17.783 was set in 2010, whilst the 1981-2010 average was 16.869.

Ice extent has been above average all year, and, according to NSIDC, is outside the 2 Standard Deviation range now. [statistics freaks understand that this means the growth is really significant]

Sea ice area also continues to run at well above average.

Remember, it’s the middle of winter way down under, so this is probably about the peak of the sea ice season.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/04/2013 at 08:36 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 02, 2013

It’s Official: NJ Sucked In June

NJ: Wettest June Since 1895



Dr. David A. Robinson
New Jersey State Climatologist

Rain, rain, and more rain was the theme for New Jersey weather in June 2013.  When all was said and done, statewide average precipitation totaled 9.57”, a record for any June back to 1895 (Table 1).  Temperatures were above average too.  The average of 71.3° was 1.2° above the 1981-2010 mean and ranked as the 19th warmest June.  These averages are derived from an evaluation of several dozen long-term National Weather Service Cooperative Observing (Coop) stations situated throughout the state.

More on thermal conditions later in this report, but first back to the precipitation.  The 9.57” total was 5.55” above the 4.02” average.  Tropical Storm Andrea brought the most abundant rain of the month, but there were 13 days during the month when an inch or more accumulated at one or more locations. 
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No location in the state was spared the wet conditions, with the southwest, west central, and northern coast being wettest and the far south and portions of the northeast least wet.  Taking top honors was Pittsgrove (Salem County) with 13.07”, followed by Franklin Township (Gloucester) at 13.00”, ...
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Some 15 of the approximately 200 CoCoRaHS stations across the state caught between 12.00” and 13.07” and 60 stations came in with 10.00"-11.99".

The data station nearest to me (NJ-HN-3, 6/02-7/01 rain for the previous days) reported 11.92” for the month. So we fell short of being the wettest, but only by an inch.

And guess what it’s doing today? You got it. Raining. Just like yesterday:

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So we saw more than double the typical rainfall for the month. Soggy Central. July is starting out on the same wet foot, with a forecast of more rain for 7 of the next 10 days.

We ought to have the lushest lawns ever this year, but if this keeps up the tomato crop is going to go bust. The corn comes later, so if it dries out we could have a bumper crop.

Can we send these clouds to Arizona, Texas, or California where they’re needed? I wouldn’t mind that at all.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/02/2013 at 08:26 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 26, 2013

Obama. What. A. Douche.

Someday this uppity sanctimonious condescending halfrican bastard is going to get his, and I hope the video will be on YouTube for hundreds of millions of us to watch and enjoy forever. I am beyond tired of his belittling arrogance towards people who don’t agree with him. He is graceless and tactless, and completely without respect for others. This is not how the President of the United States should act.  Man, what a total douchenozzle.


Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’

President Obama angrily blasted climate change skeptics during his energy policy speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, saying he lacked “patience for anyone who denies that this problem is real.”

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society,” Obama said. “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.”

Earlier in his remarks, Obama said the “overwhelming judgement of science, of chemistry, of physics, and millions of measurements” put “to rest” questions about pollution affecting the environment.

“The planet is warming. Human activity is contributing to it,” Obama said.

“We know that the costs of these events can be measured in lost lives and lost livelihoods.”

The president noted that the 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come within the last 15 years, and said that rising temperatures were increasing the severity and impact of storms.

Well yeah, except for the bit that everything you just read is a total pile of hockey sticks. Falsified data, all sorts of leaked emails proving a vast academic conspiracy and phony computer modelling, the whole collapse of the Carbon Credits scam ... all put Global Warming IN IT’S GRAVE three years ago. Game. Over. So nothing is “settled”, there is no “science”, nothing is “overwhelming” other than your knot-headed arrogance and pathetic Velcro-like clinging to the scattered ashes of your fallen false idol and it’s lonely deranged prophets. No one has died from it. No jobs have been lost, other than those laid off at Solyndra and other Green Scam Stimulus shell companies all run by your big campaign contributors to whom you funneled hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

You are a liar Mr. Obama. A cheat, a fake, and a charlatan.

He noted that rising tide levels in New York increased the impact of Hurricane Sandy, while record temperatures killed crops and increased food prices in the Midwest.

“In a world that’s warmer than it used to be, all weather events are affected by the warming planet,” Obama said.

“Those who are feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it — they’re busy dealing with it.”

At the event, the president announced a timeline for setting new environmental regulations that will limit how much carbon pollution can be emitted from both new and existing power plants. The White House is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to write draft rules on carbon emissions from existing power plants within the next year, with the expectation they will be completed by June 2015.

Obama also said the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline should only be approved if the project would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas pollution.

Hurricane Sandy may have hit New York during a high tide, and it may have also hit New York during a seasonally high tidal period. Somebody go look it up, I can’t be bothered. That doesn’t mean the sea levels are rising you idiot. (oh, and hang on, weren’t you, the new God King, going to cure that? Wasn’t the day those useless idiots elected you the Magic Negro Day when the seas would start to fall and the planet heal, by your mighty presence alone? I’m certain you said almost exactly that in a speech. And look, the world gave you the Nobel Peace Prize IN ADVANCE knowing what wonders your miraculous self was going to work! So why do we need you to make a treasonous end run around Congress? Get out there and wave your magic wand, and make the tides recede ... I don’t care if it takes you 12 hours, go get it done!

What a laughingstock. What a fool prince. What an inept asshat.

And we have to suffer because of it. Because Choom Boy moved the goalposts again when you weren’t looking.

On Tuesday, Obama announced sweeping new regulations that will effectively block the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force the closure of many if not most existing coal-fired plants as well.  With the economy crawling along at 2% GDP growth, this announcement is a disaster for every American (except for those like Ms. Zichal and Mr. Obama, who have spent their entire lives working in government).

Obama’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants will supposedly help to cool the planet.  America’s carbon emissions have been declining for decades, and yet global carbon emissions have been rising.  If emissions cause temperatures to rise, why are temperatures falling?

Even though global emissions continue to rise, U.S. levels are falling rapidly.  Having already cut U.S. carbon emissions back to 1992 levels, how much farther back do we have to go?  1950?  1900?  How about 1776?  The president, who once spoke of the goal of cutting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, now says that is not good enough.

The only thing more bizarre than a massive initiative to cool the climate when the climate is already cooling is the administration’s determination to lower U.S. carbon emissions when emissions have already dropped to 1992 levels.

What Obama seeks, what the left has always sought, is total control of the economy by the state, and “climate change” is a useful pretext. The only way government can control the energy sector—a sector of the economy traditionally regulated by the states—is to operate under the pretext of carbon emissions.

The nature of the pretext does not really matter.  Whether it is “workers’ rights,” as it was for Marx and Engels, or “economic recovery,” as it was in the 1930s, or climate change, as it is today, the left will always come up with some excuse.  What matters for the left is power—and an end to individual liberty.  What the left seeks in its regulation of the energy sector, in other words, is the complete regulation of the individual by government.

Oh, and how could I not link to at least one of the HUNDREDS of articles showing that we’re actually having Global Cooling, just like the Doom ‘n Gloom Squad predicted back in teh 70s.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/26/2013 at 07:54 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

Because King Obama Says So

Obama’s Carbon Plan: Who Needs Congress Anyhow?

Obama gwine sabes all’n us from dat ole Globbal Warmun. Even if there ain’t been none for more’n 10 years!

President Obama is launching fresh battles over climate change with plans to curb emissions using executive powers that sidestep Congress — including controversial rules to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. [WATCH VIDEO]

The wide-ranging plan, which Obama will tout in a speech later Tuesday, also beefs up federal efforts to help deploy low-carbon and renewable energy, and has programs to help harden communities against climate-fueled extreme weather.

Internationally, it seeks to knock down trade barriers to climate-friendly goods and services; enhance cooperation with India, China and other big carbon emitters; and curb U.S. support for overseas coal plant construction, among many other steps.

The plan is designed to get around Congress, where major climate bills have no political traction. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Obama’s executive approach “reflects reality.”

No Jay, you three faced lying sack of un-composted canine throughput, “reality” is a nation of laws, and the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government debating and making those laws. And if they won’t pass a law, you don’t get to just go and do an end run around them.

All the little chirpy talking heads on the Weather Channel were all excited about this today, how it’s going to Finally Do Something about Carbon Levels and Global Warming. And not one of these mesmerized sheep even blinked an eye at the completely un-American and probably illegal method being employed.

The EPA will propose the existing plant standards by June of next year and finalize them a year later, an administration official said.

Guess it’s high time for the EPA to go bye-bye too. No government agency has the right or the power to set rules that come with the power of law (and GUNS to back them up no less!!) without the consent of the governed ... ie, it HAS to go through the Legislature.

Daniel P. Schrag, a White House climate adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, tells the New York Times “a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” Later today, President Obama will give a major “climate change” address at Georgetown University.

“Everybody is waiting for action,” Schrag tells the paper. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

Obama’s speech today is expected to offer “a sweeping plan to address climate change on Tuesday, setting ambitious goals and timetables for a series of executive actions to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare the nation for the ravages of a warming planet,” according to the Times.

I halfway agree. A war IS exactly what’s needed. But not on coal. On the Executive Branch.

The president calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to “expeditiously” set limits on carbon dioxide emissions for new and existing power plants, a move that will be hailed by environmentalists and decried as debilitating by the struggling coal industry.

“To accomplish these goals, President Obama is issuing a Presidential Memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency to work expeditiously to complete carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants,” states the Obama plan. “This work will build on the successful first-term effort to develop greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.”

“In developing the standards, the President has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to build on state leadership, provide flexibility, and take advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies including many actions in this plan,” the document continues.

Regulations previously proposed by the EPA to limit emissions at new power plants would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they utilize carbon capture technology, which the industry argues is not commercially viable.

I have had it up the HERE with this buffoon. He is NOT God. He is NOT Emperor. He is NOT King. I have my doubts at this point that he’s even an American. Impeach this thug.

Oh, and By The Way:

This Executive Order will also KILL the Keystone XL pipeline, and double the price of electricity. Read it at Ace.


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calendar   Monday - June 10, 2013

gee, more rain

Crivens.

It’s pouring. Again. Well, at least we had some dry on Sunday. And got that darn 30 yard dumpster full, right to the brim. But yee gods, the dampness and must in the basement. Going to have to buy a dehumidifier and set it up in the basement there with a drain hose. I see models that can pull 50 to 70 pints a day. Let’s see - 2 pints per quart, 4 quarts per gallon ... means 8 pints per gallon. So 50 pints is 6 1/4 gallons; 70 pints is 8 3/4 gallons. Yeah, run either one flat out for 3 weeks, that’s 131 to 183 gallons. That ought to dry things up a bit and put a dent in the mildew. In 2 months it ought to be dry as toast down there.


Wow, I’m getting just too darn good at this internet research and shopping stuff. A decent home dehumidifier is going to cost you $180 - $300. Pro quality stuff costs 5 times as much. For soggy basements you want to pull out as much water as you can in a given amount of time for a price you can manage. Odds are good that the unit will run 24 hours a day for the first couple of months, so look for a well made model from a reliable brand. Find one that’s Energy Star compliant, and to be on the seasonally safe side find a low temperature model while you’re at it. After about 45 minutes reading up on dehumidifiers, tracking down reviews, and hunting up prices, I think the newest 70 pint model from Danby will do the job. It meets all the standards I’ve outlined, gets very good reviews, and I can get one on two day delivery for $230, from a reputable business, and which also includes a length of drain hose. I was able to find the older model of this unit, new, also Energy Star, for about $30 less, sold by some guy on eBay. I think I’ll stick with the online merchant, who will get it to me faster anyway.

Dry her basement for a couple weeks then spray the walls and floor with D128 to kill the mold, then go back to drying it. This can be done and the mold and mildew can be beaten.


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