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September 28, 2008

Dems: It Wasn't Broke

Hat-tip to Heirborn Ranger once again. Video from C-SPAN in 2004. Republicans trying to address problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Democrats saying it ain't broke...

September 24, 2008

Sex Ed For Kindergartners

So who's lying, eh?...

More On The Economic Crisis

They tried to kill this video at YouTube. Now it's redone with better music...

Who Caused This Economic Crisis?

Simply unbelievable...

September 21, 2008

It's Our Oil. We Want It Now!

Almighty God in His infinite wisdom and unspeakable mercy, has seen fit to bless this great country -- The United States of America -- with a great abundance of natural resources, including oil. These resources are a national treasure, and as such ultimately belong to the people of the United States. They are a blessing which should be made available for the good of the people. The Preamble to the US Constitution says...

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Our Founding Fathers then, envisioned a country where we the people would govern, not with power-hungry corruption, but with idealistic goals in mind -- goals like justice, domestic tranquility, general welfare, and securing our blessings. As Abraham Lincoln so simply and eloquently stated, our's is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people".

Why then do we now have a government which seems to be "of the elite, by the partisans, and for the earmarks"? Why do we have a government which prevents us from securing our "Blessings", and which puts limits on our "Liberty" to drill here or there? Does our government "promote the general welfare" when it maintains policies that permit the price of gas to reach unprecedented levels?

Or, is it a blessing "to ourselves and our Posterity" when our government forces us to send $700 billion dollars out of the country this year alone, and to participate in "the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind"? Does our government "provide for the common defence" when it forces us to send our wealth to countries "that don't like us very much"? Are Washington politicians seeking to "insure domestic Tranquility" when they introduce deceitful, half-measure energy legislation in order to advance a partisan agenda?

I ask you, is our government "for the people" when it tells us we must pay more and do with less? Is our government "for the people" when it tells us what cars to drive and what light-bulbs to use? Or, do we have "a more perfect Union" when one state prevents the citizens of other states from enjoying our national treasure? Is it "Justice" when politicians in Washington stand to profit from investments in "green technologies" which they promote, while average hard-working Americans are forced to pay more at the gas pump?

Tell me, where in the Constitution is authority given to the Speaker of the House or to the Senate Majority Leader to put curbs on our freedom to drill? Where in the Constitution is authority given to the Speaker of the House to take it upon herself "to save the planet" at the expense of American citizens? When will the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader wake up and start working towards those things which ARE in the Constitution: a more perfect Union, justice, domestic tranquility, the common defense, promotion of the general welfare, and the securing of our blessings for ourselves and our posterity?

"We the people" need to make ourselves heard. It's our oil. We need it. And we want it now!

September 20, 2008

The Catholic Vote

I was really moved by this one. Hat-tip to Heirborn Ranger. Be sure to turn up the sound...

Go to the website to see it in an improved format and to learn more about the Catholic vote HERE.

September 10, 2008

Never Forget

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In Memorium: Neil G. Shastri

The morning of September 11, 2001 dawned a bright and sunny day in the New York area. The sky was a clear, beautiful deep blue and absolutely cloudless. The temperatures were mild and seasonable. Humidity was low. It looked like it was going to be a great day, until... "out of the blue" at 8:46:26 AM, American Airlines Flight 11 impacted the north side of 1 World Trade Center between the 94th and 98th floors at a speed of 490 miles per hour.

Neil G. Shastri was a Technology Consultant employed by Scient/IXL, consulting to Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. He was last heard from at approximately 9:00 am, when he placed a phone call to his wife soon after the plane hit, complaining of smoke and difficulty breathing.

Neil was South Asian by ancestry. He was born on August 17, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. He was a graduate of Rutgers University. At the time of the disaster, he was residing in New York City. His obituary reads in part as follows...

SHASTRI, Neil Gautam, 25, ...Devoted husband to Kruti Shastri (Naik), beloved son of Gautam and Kiran Shastri. Loving brother of Umang, Jay, Shefali, and Amish. Cherished son-in-law of Jitendra and Nila Naik.

According to his family and friends, he had a "generous spirit", a "passion for learning", and a "tremendous capacity to love". Although he was young, he had already made philanthropic endeavors "predomitantly directed towards children's and homeless charities".

To honor the memory of Neil's generosity and passion for learning, a foundation has been created in his name. The Neil G. Shastri Foundation was established by family and friends to continue Neil's legacy by engaging in various philanthropic endeavors that reflect his spirit and passion. "To this end, the Foundation sponsors an annual academic scholarship, supports various children's causes and the needs of the homeless."

What We Do
The Neil G. Shastri Foundation main activites focus on three things, fundraising for other charitable organizations, devoting time to volunteer at charities and other institutions of aid, and providing financial aid for high school graduates attending college. The direction of our efforts is guided by the ideals and compassion that Neil lived his life by.

On this seventh anniversary of his death and the tragedy of 9/11, we extend our condolences to those who knew Neil and loved him. We also lift up a prayer for peace... peace in the hearts of those he left behind, and peace for the world in general.

The real tragedy of 9/11 is that Neil and many like him, were cruelly cut down in the prime of life. People who, like Neil, had so much to give but were never allowed to. Never allowed to follow their dreams. Never allowed to pursue their true destiny.

LORD have mercy. And let us never forget...

Joe Biden: Dead Man Walking

Joe Biden said today that Hillary Clinton “might have been a better pick than me” to be Barack Obama’s running mate. Is Biden trying to tell us something? If nothing else, he's telling us point-blank that McCain's pick of Sarah Palin was a stroke of genius. Since the announcement of Palin as John McCain's running mate, Joe Biden has been all but lost in the swirl of media attention surrounding the Alaskan governor.

So where does that leave Biden? He sounds like somebody who can see the writing on the wall, and is just waiting for the hammer to fall... on his head. For Barack Obama to ditch Biden would not be unprecedented in presidential politics...

McGovern selected Thomas Eagleton to be his running mate in 1972 without doing a thorough background check, only to find out that Eagleton had been hospitalized in the past, that he was taking Thorazine (a powerful anti-psychotic), and that two of Eagleton's doctors both expressed grave concerns about his mental health. On August 1, 1972, Eagleton withdrew at McGovern's request and was replaced by Ted Kennedy's in-law Sargent Shriver.

Granted, Joe Biden's situation is nowhere near as desperate as Eagleton's was. Nevertheless, consider for a moment what Obama has been willing to do previously in this campaign...

He said of his incendiary pastor Jeremiah Wright, "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother." Yet, Obama did just that and threw Jeremiah Wright under the bus as a matter of political expediency.

When it appeared that James A. Johnson (head of Obama's VP search committee) was becoming a liability because he had received a favorable loan from Countrywide Financial, Obama threw Johnson under the bus and forced him to resign.

Obama threw his own grandmother under the bus, calling her a “typical white person,” in the context of holding racial prejudices, and he threw Pennsylvanians under the bus before a group of wealthy backers in San Francisco.

In fact, as soon as Obama sewed up the Democratic nomination, he even threw his left-wing base under the bus in order to appear more "centrist".

Quite simply, Obama knows how to throw people under the bus. As Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at the Republican National Convention, "if I were Joe Biden, I'd want to get that V.P. thing in writing." Well, if I were Joe Biden, I wouldn't want to walk near a bus stop with Barack Obama.

September 09, 2008

My Environmental Record

Having now posted eight "Global Warming News" articles and several others on the topic of Climate Change, it suddenly occurred to me that some random readers might consider me nothing more than a "rightwing nutjob", a global warming "denier", someone who probably has no concern whatsoever about the environment. But nothing could be further from the truth...

I graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, having completed coursework which included environmental engineering. Upon graduation, it was difficult to find a position in civil engineering, so I took a job as a Project Engineer with a manufacturing firm, and I have been working for manufacturing companies ever since.

In my first position I was tasked with, among other things, the responsibility for maintaining compliance with an NPDES permit (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System). The NPDES permit program is administered by the USEPA and controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants directly into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or catch-basins. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program has been responsible for significant improvements to our nation's water quality.

In my second position, I was hired by a well-known aircraft manufacturer.

[Allow me to digress here for a moment. While working at this job I became a personal acquaintance of Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen who was our general manager at the time. Don Engen was a naval aviator during WWII and Korea. He was awarded the Navy Cross and 29 other decorations. He later commanded aircraft carriers. I was fortunate to accompany him on a few flights, some of which he piloted while I sat in the co-pilot's seat. He was a great guy... super friendly. He always maintained an 'open door' policy, and welcomed any employee to come in and chat. He later went on to become Director of the FAA in the Reagan administration, and then the head of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The observation tower at the Museum was named after him. He was killed in a glider accident in 1999 at the age of 75, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetary.]

In this position, I became responsible for all environmental compliance at our facility. I upgraded and expanded a domestic sewage treatment plant serving 2,000 employees. The project included obtaining permits, supervision of the equipment installation, and eventual responsibility for operation of the system. In another project, I designed and installed an industrial wastewater treatment system, which utilized an electrochemical cell to convert hexavalent chrome to the less toxic trivalent form. The converted chrome was then precipitated, de-watered and removed from the wastewater stream as a sludge. Again, upon completion of the installation I was assigned responsibility for operation of the system. I also applied for and obtained a permit to operate a hazardous waste disposal facility in connection with the industrial wastewater treatment system.

Wastewater System - My original design
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Wastewater System - Electrochemical cell.

Wastewater System - Sludge filter.

Of course, it was necessary for us to treat and dispose of various kinds of hazardous waste offsite. So my company established a contract with a waste disposal firm in the area called City Industries, and we began to ship them drums of hazardous waste for treatment and disposal. Shortly after I resigned from that employer in 1983, I was contacted by the FBI who asked me to testify in what they hoped would be a landmark case. The FBI was working in conjunction with the USEPA to try and obtain a conviction against the owner of City Industries on the basis of willful polluting.

Apparently, the owner of City Industries was trying to cut costs, and ordered his employees to simply dump the hazardous waste onto the ground - untreated. The employees of City Industries reported the violations, and an FBI investigation ensued. The City Industries treatment facility eventually became a Superfund site on the National Priorities List (NPL). You can find information about it by going to the USEPA Region 4 website HERE.

I naturally agreed to cooperate with the FBI as I was personally outraged that: a) a good-faith relationship had been betrayed, and b) it resulted in environmental damage. I testified in federal court before a grand jury. I explained to the court what steps I took to make sure that the disposal firm in fact had the capabilities to treat our wastes properly before consigning certain shipments to them. I also told the court that I believed a statement on the hazardous waste manifest form signed by the owner of City Industries indicated that he would comply with all laws and properly treat all wastes. On cross-examination, I refused to allow the defense attorney to trivialize my testimony and rebutted him from the stand. The federal prosecutors said I did "a great job". Unfortunately, they were unable to obtain the conviction they really wanted - one based on polluting. Instead, they were forced to use the same strategy used to convict Al Capone - mail fraud. The owner of City Industries was convicted on the grounds that he advertised services using the mail, failed to perform those services, and then used the mail to invoice his customers for services not rendered, and subsequently received payment through the mail.

In my next position, I worked at a foundry that produced high-quality castings for the aerospace industry, including: turbine blades for most of the nation's jet engines, components for the SR-71 Blackbird, as well as components for the Space Shuttle. I was not so directly involved with environmental issues at this facility as I was with energy conservation. However, reducing energy usage reduces air pollution. One of my projects was to install high-temperature heat recuperators on our ovens. When operating at 2300F, we were able to achieve reductions of nearly 40% in natural gas consumption. I also converted one oven to permit the combustion of a wax by-product that formerly had to be disposed of as a waste. Thus, we were able to reduce waste going into the landfill and reduce the consumption of natural gas at the same time. I installed some large cooling towers which permitted the elimination of once-through non-contact cooling water. This not only reduced water consumption, but eliminated thermal pollution to the discharge waters. I also operated a load-shedding computer that monitored electrical demand and turned off various non-critical devices when demand got too high.

Hi-Temperature Recuperators.

My career then took a sudden turn away from the aerospace industry into flavors and fragrances. It was a career move based solely on the need for increased remuneration. I have always missed the aerospace industry and have occasionally tried, but have never been able to return to it.

The flavor and fragrance industry is noted for occasionally being "odorous", so one of my first projects was to perform pilot-plant tests on a new odor treatment technology gaining popularity in Europe at the time - biofiltration. The pilot plant tests proved to be successful, so I installed the first large-scale biofilter system in the state of New Jersey. For those of you who might not know, a biofilter is essentially a packed bed of biomass which contains naturally-occuring micro-organisms. Exhaust air containing pollutants is then passed through the bed. The pollutants are deposited into the bed, and the micro-organisms then consume them. Biofiltration is much more energy efficient than incineration, and does not involve the combustion of fossil fuels. My project received several awards and commendations, including a LEX award (Leaders in Environmental eXcellence) and an award from the NJ Environmental Exposition.

Biofilter - My Preliminary Design
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Biofilter and instrument monitoring shed.

Biofilter entry access.

Hawkeye prouldy displays a biofilter award.

I am now considered something of an expert in the field of biofiltration, and was asked to make a presentation to the NJ Water Environment Association's (NJWEA) Technology Transfer Seminar. In addition to several papers I authored on the subject, I co-authored a paper which was presented before a conference of the Air & Waste Management Assocication (AWMA).

I have applied for and received environmental permits for various air pollution control devices covering hundreds of emission sources, and I was responsible for the proper operation and monitoring of those devices. At one point, I became the head of my company's Health, Environment and Safety (HES) department, with responsibility for multiple facilities. It was my duty to insure compliance with all kinds of environmental permits including: stormwater, wastewater, air pollution, hazardous wastes, underground storage tanks, spill containment-prevention, DOT hazardous material transportation, health and sanitation, etc. I even created an HES website for my company's "intranet".

I have been a member of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce's Environment Committee, and a member of the Chemistry Council of NJ's Environment Committee. I've been to Trenton on numerous occasions to meet with officials at the NJ Dept of Environmental Protection, and to attend environmental seminars, etc. In my current position, I am still involved with the design, installation, permitting and operation of air pollution control devices.

On a personal level, I was recycling before recycling was "in" (including those Boy Scout newspaper recycling drives of the 60s). I have worked to make my home energy-efficient. I even use those twirly compact fluorescents bulbs. For years I purchased AMOCO 'Ultimate' gasoline (later BP 'Ultimate') even though it cost more than other gasolines. Why? Because I read that 'Ultimate' was refined an extra step, and by removing those additional impurities, a car running on 'Ultimate' gasoline produces fewer emissions. Unfortunately, 'Ultimate' is no longer available in my area or I would still be using it.

As a father, I do not want to pollute the earth where my child lives, and where she may someday raise a family of her own. As an engineer, I believe that it makes no sense to pollute when there are technologies available to prevent pollution. As a Christian, I believe that we are called by Jesus to be good stewards (Luke 12:42) of all the blessings which have been bestowed upon us... not the least of which is our planet. I believe that God has called each of us to tend this earthly garden in which we have been placed (Genesis 2:15). I also happen to believe that global warming is real, but it is not caused by man-made emissions of CO2.

I remember the first Earth Day in 1970... I was just getting ready to graduate from high school. And I remember how polluted our earth was at that time. Living in the New York metropolitan area, the effects of pollution were plainly visible: from smog, to smells, to dead fish in dead rivers. We have come a long way towards cleaning up our planet since then, and I would like to think I have played some small part in that effort.

Just thought you should know.

September 06, 2008

Global Warming News - August 2008

Real News Stories To Share With Global-Warming Skeptics

United States:
In the mid-Atlantic states, it was an August to remember. Typically, August weather averages in the mid- to high-90s, with occasional days above 100F. The heat and moisture in the soupy air generally produce a steady stream of thunder storms that can be counted upon to arrive almost every evening. The three H's (hot, hazy, humid) normally prevail. This year however, August was one for the books, with its succession of warm sunny days, low humidity and high, blue skies almost every day. And generally cool temperatures at night allowed most of us to keep our air-conditioners turned off. A certain Mr. Eye from "Downtown, NJ" can personally attest to the remarkable weather.

Martha's Vineyard experienced a "very cool" August. The average temperature for the month was 76F, three degrees below the five-year average. Only eight days saw temperatures reach 80F, the hottest being 84F on August 1, compared with 15 days at 80F or above last year. In 2006, August had 16 days when temperatures reached above 80F, five of which were above 90F. The following chart shows provides a graphic representation of the data. NOTE: The data for 2004 appears to be shown incorrectly.

Martha's Vineyard temp data (Click to enlarge).

In Maryland, Sun reporter Frank Roylance called it September weather in August. He said, it's "hard to imagine nicer weather than this - unless it's the dry, sunny, pleasant weather typical of late September or early October." He quoted a National Weather Service meteorologist as saying he "needed to check the calendar to make sure it's really August." Morning temps dipped into the upper 50s in Cockeysville, and it was only 56F in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The high temp on August 11th was only 80F, well below the long-term average high for the date of 86F.

In Oklahoma, John D. Montgomery at The Purcell Register described it as a wet, cool August. "Instead of looking parched and dead, yards in Purcell look like it's May and the temperatures are amazing," he said.

Similarly, the Rome News-Tribune in Georgia reported that the month was "one of the coolest Augusts" (without any further explanation). Usually known for its so-called "dog days" in the South - days so hot, as people like to joke, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk - this year August was different. "There weren’t any omelet makers busy in Floyd County this past month", a reporter quipped. By comparison to last year, this past August "was a month in paradise". According to the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, which records temperature at the Northwest Georgia Experiment Station, seventeen of the month’s 31 days had highs below 90 degrees, and there were no days with highs above 100 degrees.

In Washington State, staff writer K.C. Mehaffey at the Wenatchee World mused that "Some like it hot, and they were likely disappointed this summer." But for others, she said, "this will go down as one of the most pleasant summers in North Central Washington in recent memory." There were only 25 days in June, July or August when thermometers in Wenatchee hit 90 degrees or more, making it one of the coolest summers on record, according to the National Weather Service in Spokane. It was the coolest summer in 15 years, since 1993 when there were only 23 days above 90. There were some cool days in August that didn't make it out of the 70s. Three of the last six years — 2003, 2004 and 2006 — all had more than 40 days at 90 degrees or above in Wenatchee. Greg Koch, Weather Service meteorologist in Spokane said, "On the whole, the weather pattern over the western two-thirds of the United States has not seen the big, warm upper-level ridge that it has experienced for many summers."

In Iowa, the cooler weather helped crops get through a dry spell. Precipitation for August averaged only 2.01 inches, according to preliminary statistics. It was the driest summer month since August 2003. However, the impact of the dry conditions on crops was muted by cooler than normal temperatures. The average temperature for August was four degrees cooler than during the near-record dry period of August 2003.

Brisbane was hit by its coldest August in at least 8 years, weather consultants Weatherzone says. The city recorded an average minimum of 9C and an average maximum of 22C, slightly down on the long-term normal temperature for the month of 23C, said Weatherzone meteorologist Matt Pearce. "This made it the coolest August in terms of daytime temperatures since records began at the current site in 2000," Mr Pearce said. On August 12th, the mercury plunged to just 4C, the coldest August night in eight years of records.

Snow at Mount Hotham - Aug 22.

Perth recorded its coldest August in about 15 years in a month when several long standing weather records were broken in Western Australia (WA). Meanwhile, a reading of -7.2C at the Eyre weather station, near Cocklebiddy, on August 17th broke a 39-year-old record as the lowest ever recorded in WA. The previous low was -6.7C at Booylgoo Spring in the Southeast Gascoyne in July 1969. Perth's average minimum temperature of 6C, two degrees below average, made for the coldest August in terms of overnight temperatures since 1994. The morning of August 18th saw the mercury plunge to just 2C, the coldest August night in three years. Katanning had an average minimum of 3C, its lowest for August in 113 years of records.

Adelaide endured its coldest August for more than 30 years, according to a forecasting group. The city recorded an average maximum of 15C in August, below the long-term normal of 17 and making it the coldest August since 1977. "South-east Australia has been in the grips of a very cold airmass for much of August," said Weatherzone meteorologist Matt Pearce. "Strong cold fronts have been pushing up from the Southern Ocean, sending temperatures plummeting. This is a far cry from August of last year, when Adelaide had already experienced its first 30-degree day of the season by the end of the month."

A record-breaking cold snap brought cold temperatures and snow to Victoria just days before spring was set to begin. Temperatures on August 21st fell as much as six degrees below average, with the temperature in Melbourne staying in single figures for the first time in 13 months. At only 9.9C, it was Melbourne's coldest August day in four years and second coldest in 30 years. Melbourne Airport reached only eight degrees, their coldest day in over 10 years and coldest in August for 38 years. The weather is great news for skiers with snowfalls extending the life of the season. A spokeswoman for Mount Hotham, which received 18 centimetres of snow, said the resort was looking forward to good conditions until the end of season. Mount Buller's season was officially extended until October 5th.

Snowboarding in Australia - Aug 22.

Sydney shivered through its coldest August in 64 years. With official monthly figures soon to be released, meteorologists said Sydney was likely to clock an average temperature of 12.7C, the lowest since World War II. Some suburbs experienced their chilliest August on record including Canterbury, Homebush, Penrith, and Richmond - all which started keeping records 12 years ago, along with Bankstown, Parramatta and Prospect Dam, which began keeping records 37 years ago. "They broke minimum temperature records," Weatherzone meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

Scientific Opinion:

Shiplogs Cast Doubt on Man-Made Global Warming: Some people believe that the recent increase in tropical storms and hurricanes is the result of man-made global warming. However, scientists have uncovered a treasure trove of meteorological information contained in the detailed logs of seafarers like Lord Nelson and Captain Cook which cast doubt on that view.

Seafarers kept accurate weather logs.

Every Royal Naval ship kept a detailed record of climate including air pressure, wind strength, air and sea temperature and major meteorological disturbances. A group of academics and Met Office scientists has unearthed the records dating from the 1600s and examined more than 6,000 logs, which have provided one of the world's best sources for long-term weather data.

A paper by Dr. Dennis Wheeler, a geographer based at Sunderland University, recounts an increasing number of summer storms over Britain in the late 17th century. These storms came during the so-called Little Ice Age that affected Europe from about 1600 to 1850. The records also suggest that Europe saw a spell of rapid warming, similar to that experienced today, during the 1730s. That rapid warming must have been caused naturally, and not by man-made emissions of CO2.

British archives contain more than 100,000 Royal Navy logbooks from around 1670 to 1850 alone. They are a stunning resource... (Their accuracy and consistency) means we can deduce numerical values for wind strength and direction, temperature and rainfall... Global warming is a reality, but what our data shows is that climate science is complex. It is wrong to take particular events and link them to carbon dioxide emissions. --Dennis Wheeler, Captains’ Logs Yield Climate Clues, August 4, 2008

Wheeler's research will be published in the journal Climatic Change.

Cooling Trend Observed: Statistician Joe Tritz at Digital Diatribes has been keeping track of the data coming out of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). He has been using the data to develop temperature projections based on various modeling schemes. As one might expect, the long-term trend of the raw temperature data shows global warming. However, as the time frame becomes shorter and more recent, notice that the slope of the temperature rise becomes flatter and then downward. The following charts are from a graphic presentation he put together...

Long-term temperature trend (Click to enlarge).

Ten year temperature trend (Click to enlarge).

Cooling trend (Click to enlarge).

Five year temperature trend (Click to enlarge).

The following chart shows a projection Tritz developed based on the current 60-month temperature data...

Projection of 60-month trend (Click to enlarge).

The final chart shows the long-term average of 60-month cycle trends...

Long-term 60-month cycle trend (Click to enlarge).

Political Opinion:

Senator Ron Boswell, a prominent leader of the National Party in Australia, expressed criticism towards the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world's largest independent conservation organization. He pointed to WWF's sudden change of focus from global warming to global cooling, and said it demonstrates the lack of substance to the argument that manmade carbon emissions are responsible for global warming. "The WWF now claims that recent freezing temperatures in Sydney are proof of the urgent need to cut carbon pollution", said Boswell. He continued somewhat sarcastically...

Does that mean that global warming causes global cooling? Does that mean that we should be increasing emissions in order to cool the earth or increasing them to warm it back up? I thought we were concerned with the perils of global warming – that we had to act immediately to stop temperatures and water levels rising and inflicting untold disasters. Now the WWF wants us to believe that manmade carbon emissions are responsible for colder temperatures. Which is it – are temperatures going up or down? Cooling temperatures are what I would call a very inconvenient truth for the green movement. This is a twisting charade and no mistake. --Senator Ron Boswell, Global Cooling? An Inconvenient Truth, Sept. 2, 2008

Senator Boswell says it is imperative that scientists get it right because so many of Australia’s competitive industries are being asked to take on higher costs under the government’s carbon reduction scheme.

Newt: On Palin vs. Obama

As the old saying goes -- a man's got to know his limits. This reporter readily acknowledged his. Smart guy...

September 03, 2008

Palin vs. Obama

Found this at McCain-Palin.com...