Global Warming Science?

7 03 2008

I was getting tired of people arguing that global warming might not be true or that there was some substantiative controversy against it happening or whether it was natural or our fault. I’ve boned up a little and now I’m sharing some of that research with you.

I would encourage you to take the time to at least skim this 35 page FAQ pdf from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I think it’s fair to assume that the pdf is easier to read and digest than the full 1600 page IPCC report.

Presuming you might not feel like taking the time to read it I give you the IPCC one line statement of finding:

“Warming is unequivocal, and most of the warming of the past 50 years is very likely (90%) due to increases in greenhouse gases”

Okay, now quit being lazy and go invest 20 minutes towards getting a better education on this topic than just repeating the big oil talking points you may have heard from Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

Mark Steel Lectures – Darwin

7 03 2008

Mark Steel Lectures – Newton

7 03 2008

Bush And His Favorite Painting

7 03 2008

Once again fact is stranger than fiction.

George W. Bush is famous for his attachment to a painting which he acquired after becoming a “born again Christian.” It’s by W.H.D. Koerner and Bush believed it to be entitled “A Charge to Keep.” Bush was so taken by it, that he even took the painting’s name for his own official autobiography.

So in Bush’s view (or perhaps I should say, faith) the key figure, with whom he personally identifies, is a missionary spreading the word of the Methodist Christianity in the American West in the late nineteenth century.

Alas as with most things Bush believes, he got this one completely wrong too. According to Jacob Weisberg:

[Bush] came to believe that the picture depicted the circuit-riders who spread Methodism across the Alleghenies in the nineteenth century. In other words, the cowboy who looked like Bush was a missionary of his own denomination.

Only that is not the title, message, or meaning of the painting. The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled “The Slipper Tongue,” published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916. The story is about a smooth-talking horse thief who is caught, and then escapes a lynch mob in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The illustration depicts the thief fleeing his captors. In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: “Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught.”

So Bush’s inspiring, prosyletizing Methodist is in fact a lying horse thief fleeing from a lynch mob. I can’t think of a more fitting marker for the Bush presidency. Bush has consistently exhibited what psychologists call the “Tolstoy syndrome.” That is, he is completely convinced he knows what things are, so he shuts down all avenues of inquiry about them and disregards the information that is offered to him. This is the hallmark of a tragically bad executive. But in this case, it couldn’t be more precious. The president of the United States has identified closely with a man he sees as a mythic, heroic figure. But in fact he’s a wily criminal one step out in front of justice. It perfectly reflects Bush the man. . . and Bush the president.

Another Reason I’m Not a Fan of Hillary

7 03 2008

(Per USA Today and TPM) Bill Clinton instructed federal archivists to not provide public access to his presidential papers surrounding the 140 pardons he issued in his last days as president.  This includes his granting of clemency to fugitive millionaire Marc Rich.

C’mon Hillary, you can’t whine about Bush not coming clean on things and then stand by as this happens.  It’s crap like this that, as in my last post, makes me despise the Democrats almost as much as the Republicans. Granted, the Republicans still make the Democrats look like complete amateurs when it comes to bald faced corruption and exploiting the public trust but is there anyone in public service with any ethics anymore?

Dems Propose Ethics Bill, Republicans Smirk

7 03 2008

Honestly, this is why I’m an independent. As soon as the Democrats get some power their indignation and outrage at the way the Republicans have run things gives way to the exact same behavior.

The newly proposed Office of Congressional Ethics, if enacted into law, will only be allowed to initiate new investigations during July and August. Moreover, any investigation that OCE pursues must be approved by the House ethics committee but that committee is notorious for its glacial movement. One GOP aide notes that “it’s interesting Democrats have devised an ‘ethics reform’ bill that basically guarantees that investigations are punted until after Election Day.” It’s also interesting that Democratic leaders failed to rally support for their own measure and bring the bill to a vote (sub. req.) yet again. Credit: TPM

Two months?! What the hell is this 1/6th per year ethics BS? You guys should be brought up on ethics charges for even suggesting such a corrupt idea!

I can’t help but feel supremely frustrated with our two party system since we have no better party to choose from. Honestly, these jackasses make me think that voting for a third party candidate like Nader isn’t such a bad idea after all.