Summer Down Under

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The Global Warming Party Ship Stuck in Antarctic Ice
Australia’s media-loving climate scientist, Professor Chris Turney, along with 73 others including the crew, 4 journalists, 36 members of the science team and 26 tourists, are sitting on the Russian vessel, the MS Akademik Shokalskiy, stuck in the ice near the South Pole.

Professor Turney’s plan was to re-create the 3 year exploration led by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911 and to measure changes in ice and climate since that time.

Unfortunately, someone didn’t check the weather reports. The Akademik Shokalskiy is now in a dangerous situation and the attempts by 3 ice breakers and a helicopter to rescue the people on board the vessel have failed. If another helicopter rescue attempt cannot be made because of the high wind and low visibility, the US Coast Guard Polar-class icebreaker, Polar Star, will we directed to the area.

So why was this underfunded and poorly planned expedition attempted anyway? Well, it seems the 38-year-old entrepeneur/scientist wanted to prove global warming is melting the Antarctic ice. It would tie in perfectly with a new book and could be used to promote his carbon business.

News reports failed to mention Turney is a founding Director of Carbonscape, a New Zealand carbon refining company that offers a global solution for mitigating the effects of human-caused climate change.

According to Carbonscape co-founder Nick Gerritsen, the company has the patent on the one-step microwave charcoal technology that turns biomass waste such as sawdust into what is known as activated carbon (AC). Sawdust or corn or sugar cane can be turned into bio oils, which become biochemicals and fuels. There is plenty of money from governments and private corporations looking to fund alternatives to fossil fuels.

If the good professor had checked any of NASA’s weather and climate data he would have known that for the second year in a row the ice surrounding Antarctica reached its annual winter maximum at the end of September and set a new record. Oops.

Update: Chinese helicopter successfully rescues passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy. Video.

Enjoy Foreigner performing Cold As Ice:

Winter Weather

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Baby It’s Cold Outside
For the past few months we’ve had some pretty extreme weather all over the planet. Europe has been getting slammed with wind, rain and snow, India is getting hit with one cyclone after another, the U.S. has had its share of freezing weather and Brazil is preparing for more mudslides.

NASA recently released studies explaining the sun as the driving force of climates on the earth and the other planets in our solar system. The current solar cycle, with few sunspots and a reduced magnetic field, is the weakest in 100 years. Low solar activity has a profound effect on the Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA scientists have also discovered large breaches in the earth’s magnetosphere that have allowed solar wind particles to enter the earth’s atmosphere so we should expect more dramatic swings in our weather patterns.

According to Dr. Neil Hutton, director of Friends of Science:
“The geomagnetic activity of earth and that of the sun are interrelated and their interplay also affects climate. Theoretically, a weaker solar magnetic field could allow the penetration of more cosmic rays which directly affect cloud cover and climate. This has been demonstrated by the recently completed CLOUD experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.”

In other words, we are going into a “little ice age.”

The Little Ice Age from about 1500 to 1850, was also preceded by low sunspot activity. During that time, cooler temperatures, more clouds and more rain caused massive crop failures all across Europe, which led to famines and wars.

Anyway, winters are getting colder and summers are getting warmer. The earth’s climate is always changing and it makes more sense for us to adjust to the changes rather than listen to the global warming wackos in tin foil hats that want to change the universe to accommodate Earth. I’m sure the alarmists can figure out ways to make money from a new ice age.

In the meantime enjoy Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with their interesting version of – Baby It’s Cold Outside:

Road Trip

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Driving Through Flyover Country
Watching the weather reports of the cold front moving down from Canada into Texas brings thoughts of the great weather we had on our road trip to Austin a couple of months ago.

It’s always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and head into the wide open spaces of the southwestern desert. Some places are exactly as they were 20 years ago and some places belie what travel will be like in the future. In California and Arizona we have security check points now. Cars and truck funnel through a gauntlet of cameras aimed at every angle possible to scan the front, back and side of each vehicle and the passengers inside. It might be fun to wear one of those fake noses with a mustache just to mess with the facial recognition cameras.

The only problem we had on the road was getting a flat tire just outside of Lordsburg, New Mexico. A nice fellow on a motorcycle on his way to Waco stopped to help Floyd change the tire. Other than that, we had a great time at the lake, the Tommy Bahama outlet store, Cabela’s sporting goods store and the new barbecue joint we found. Life is good.

Time to start planning our next road trip.

Enjoy some southern rock by JJ Grey & Mofro – Brighter Days:

The beautiful photo of Guadalupe River State Park is by Laura Vu.

The New Economy

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No Dollar Left Behind
We all know that Janet Yellen will be the next Chairperson of the Fed. Larry Summers was Obama’s original pick for the position but he brings too much baggage to the table. Maybe because he would fall asleep in the President’s cabinet meetings (above photo) or maybe, as President of Harvard, he stated that the underrepresentation of female scientists at top universities may be in part due to natural differences between men and women. Who knows. Anyway, Yellen will be promoting “Sleepy” Summers ideas.

Last week at the IMF meeting in Washington, Summers said the Federal Reserve, by keeping interest rates at zero, simply isn’t doing enough to stimulate the economy, so the next step should be to apply “negative interest rates” on all savings accounts. Larry’s talking 2 to 3 percent adjusted for inflation.

In other words, everyone with a savings account, pension fund or IRA will pay interest to the banks for the privilege of allowing them use our money! But wait, it gets better. To make sure we don’t simply take our money out of the banks and hide it under the mattress, Summers wants to eliminate physical money and create a cashless society. That way the Fed will be able to skim take their cut off the top before you have a chance to see it. No saving allowed.

Saving is now considered hoarding and the only way to stimulate the economy is for everyone to spend everything they earn. Savers have to share the wealth. Welcome to Marxism. More at The Daily Reckoning.

In the meantime enjoy a blast from the past.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising:

Politics: The 51st State

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If at First You Don’t Secede
Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the Rocky Mountains to the wide open Great Plains. From the beginning, people moved there to enjoy nature and be left alone, which is easy to do since the entire state has fewer people than the City of Los Angeles.

So why do the folks in the northern part of the state want to secede? Simple. A millionairess named Pat Stryker who bought herself some slimy politicians to do her bidding with the current administration. If you want a shot at lucrative government contracts and loans, you apply plenty of grease to the palms of strategically placed politicians. Stryker made contributions to her politicians of choice through a tax exempt 527 organization which has no limit on funds used for campaigns. See: How the Dems won Colorado.

In one election Colorado went from a conservative state to a big government, lefty state. When you only have a little more than 5 million people, and the majority live in Denver and the hippie-haven of Boulder, it doesn’t take a lot of money. Unions can always be bought off. Always. Hippies will always vote as far left as possible because the farther left the politician, the more free stuff they get courtesy of the taxpayers. The ranchers in the north have no need for union employees or hippies.

Anyway, the spending scheme paid off big time for Pat. She got $400 million for her now failed “green energy” firm, Abound Solar, that cost the taxpayers $70 million. Funny how so many solar companies that got millions from the Federal government are now defunct.

The folks up north, who just want to be left alone, don’t like being forced to pay for hippies, illegals, failed solar energy companies, or any other corrupt schemes. The only way they can do it at this time is to secede. Will they be able to do it? Dunno. They’ll need a few more folks to balance the next vote.

The only problem I see is if we do get a 51st state, where do we put the extra star on the flag?

Enjoy the one and only Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High: