Archive for History

What About The Old Solutions?

What, is hanging too good for ’em?  A Kenyan court?  What is that going to be like?  If you are catching these guys on the high seas, then the whole criminal prosecution thing seems a bit much.  Two pieces of rope per pirate ought to handle it.

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All Right You Global Warming Wackos!

This is not the best way to sway someone in an argument, but dang it, this issue is so full of people jumping off in the wrong direction that it makes suicidal lemmings seem shy, reserved, and steadfast in comparison.  SLAPSHOT sent over a link on the GROWTH OF SEA ICE.  That is correct, growth, of, sea, ice.  But even this article has some of the most atrocious use of the written English language, and this criticism from a man who does not consider himself highly skilled in the art.  Consider:

That anomaly had been negative, indicating ice loss, for most of the current decade and reached a historic low in 2007.

That is correct, folks.  The amount of sea ice apparently hit an historic low in 2007.  HISTORICLOW!  And Webster’s defines historic as:

a: famous or important in history <historic battlefields> b: having great and lasting importance <a historic occasion> c: known or established in the past <historic interest rates> d: dating from or preserved from a past time or culture <historic buildings> <historic artifacts>

So this sounds important, an HISTORIC LOW IN SEA ICE (doom, doom)!  But the article itself points out that the vast history of recording the amount of global sea ice as been going on for nearly ten thousand, five hundred, ninety-two days.  Indeed!  The numerous bureaucrats in the sea ice amount measuring community have been collecting data on the amount of global sea ice in the seas all around the globe for nearly a whopping 30 years.  For a total of thirty seasonal cycles it has been determined that the low point in thirty data samples should be considered a RECORD HISTORIC LOW.  Mr. Fu has spend more time writing this article to this points than it would require him to analyze and reduce this data.
And here it the crusher in all of this.  The source of all the doom and gloom about the impending man-made global wamring disaster are just computer models that keep getting it wrong:

Michaels, who is also a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute, tells DailyTech that, while the behavior of the Arctic seems to agree with climate models predictions, the Southern Hemisphere can’t be explained by current theory. “The models predict a warming ocean around Antarctica, so why would we see more sea ice?” Michaels adds that large areas of the Southern Pacific are showing cooling trends, an occurrence not anticipated by any current climate model.

“Not anticipated by any current climate model?”  What the heck does that mean?  The computer models are not anticipating correctly?  I thought these models were created by the most brilliant minds!  How could they have deceived us so, with their faulty computer models?  What other predictions are they getting wrong?  The predictions of an ever rising, Earth killing temperature increase?  Of Obama’s ability to single handedly make the economy better?

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What Hath They Wrought?

Mostly crap, misery, and destruction. METAPHOR sums up the hippy condition:

The Boomers were handed a Utopian ideal – practical, technocratic, rational, with silver wheels in the sky tended over by engineers and scientists – and they abandoned it for a Dionysian version based on wrecking and remaking the world they’d inherited. Their patron saint: Holy St. Caulfield, who identified the greatest sin in the human soul: being a phoney. Better to be an authentic bastard than someone who cannot successfully convince a teenager that some ideas have an importance that transcend the ability of the individual to manifest them 24/7.

Of course they got sour; if you believe a Utopia is possible if we just retinker human behavior to eliminate greed and dress codes and football and anything else that reminds us of Dad, be it the specific one or the unseen National Dad that rules the boardrooms and bedrooms and cloakrooms of DC, then the failure of this world makes it a dystopia, the worst of all possible worlds.

Bork as some interesting insights into the period in Slouching Towards Gomorrah.  But METAPHOR continues:

Some suggest that the great disenchantment began with the assassination of JFK, and I see the point. But it’s strange that it led to a loss of faith in us, given who shot the President. (Yes, I’m one of those lone-gunman wackos. I’m a freethinker! I refuse to accept concensus!) If Oswald had been a card-carrying Kluxer or a dead-ender Bircher or some sort of far-right-wing nutcase, I wonder if we would have accepted the Warren Commission and moved along. But no, he was a Communist. Well obviously there has to be more to it, then. Same with Sirhan Sirhan: his motivation will forever be a mystery, won’t it?

Once you start to believe in the dark shadowy forces, you’re done with the world. You’re done engaging it, you’re done enjoying it. There’s no point. It’s a sham, a shell, a shiny façade erected by the Jews / Bilderburgers / Trilateral Commission/ Council on Foreign Relations /  Project for a New American Century / Masons / Knights Templar / Illuminati / Federal Reserve / Rockefeller-Royal Family Nexus / Bush Crime Syndicate / League of Grim Intent, and all you can do is post on the internet and call talk radio to argue with the hosts who think we’re free people.

It’s nice to see hope abroad in the land again, but I wonder who will be to blame when human nature asserts itself and the manna shipments fall behind. Someone has to be blamed, after all. It’s not the task that’s a fool’s errand. It’s the fools who refuse to believe in the task.

This probably blows the boundaries on fair use, but METAPHOR frames this so well.

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More Reading For Obama

Not that he’ll would understand….

Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.

– 1 Samuel Chapter 8

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Obama Should Read This

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of the laborer the bread he has earned. This is the sum of good government. …” – Thomas Jefferson

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Wow, Writing Talent By Whom?

This is interesting, but not all that shocking.  Seems a Democrat way of doing things…

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Who’s Next Obama?

Heck, maybe you,  maybe Mr. Fu.  Expect to see more of this if Obama is elected….

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Lessons Obama Never Learned

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The Coverup of Obama’s Ties To Domestic Terrorists

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Presenting, the NASA Astronauts

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Obama’s Two Great Advantages

Obama has two great powerhouses working for his team: Greed and Envy.  These two guys are the only hope Obama has of winning the election, because sound ideas are not his strong point.  Sure, he wants to “change” things.  But he wants to “change” things in ways that have already been proven failures here and elsewhere.  At most it represents “change” like in the old joke from World War I:

“Goods news men!  Today we all get a change of underwear and socks.  Johnson, change with Smith, Jones, change with Franklin……”

Yes, Big Oil made something like $80 billion in profits in the last year.  And their profit margin was what?  Nine percent or so?  That is not a great investment considering what you can get out of a decent S&P indexed mutual fund.  And if you cannot understand the difference between a profit and a profit margin, and why it means that Big Oil is not unfairly profiting, then you either need to study more, or you are an idiot.  If you think that Big Oil is making too much money then invest in Big Oil stock.  Otherwise keep your greed to yourself.

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Something Sweet

Maria van Trapp returns home for a visit.  At least it didn’t become an Ultimart.

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Tragic Irony In The Name

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Service To The State!

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Extreme Cluelessness?

Wow, Iran is really rattling the old sabers now!  Mr. Fu is sure President Bush will see another opportunity to tell Israeli to do nothing in response to an increasingly belligerent and soon to be nuclear Iran.  Whatever happened to the old Axis of Evil talk?  Now that two out of three seem to be out of play, why hold up on number three?  Surely President Bush would like to go out with a one, two, three, knockout hat trick, right?

Will is US Air Force B-52s in Qatar and Diego Garcia sit idly by if the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf is attacked?   Has Iran forgotten that little lesson about their off shore oil rigs?

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Morning Chuckle, Pathetic Association, Ray of Hope

So Mr. Fu cranks up the personalized iGoogle page, with the links to Digg. A link to “135 Famous People Who Struggled With Depression” appears, okay interesting. Then the BustedTees ad appears, funny and somehow cruel.

Looking over the list, Colin Farrell, actor in Alexander, well duh, considering that the movie bombed as bad as Hiroshima without going nuclear, who would not be depressed. And Janeane Garofalo?  Oh the picture!?!?!?  Mr. Fu disagrees with her politics, but she was cute in The Matchmaker and Mystery Men.  What the heck happened to her?  This is a tremendous warning against modern liberalism!  Women, pay attention!

Depression is a serious condition.  One problem with this list and one praise though.  The problem is the inclusion of mass murders, though perhaps it does point out the depths one can reach while depressed.  But on the positive side this list shows many accomplished people who suffer or suffered from depression.  Some had tragic endings, but many, many of these individuals made such a positive impact on the world.  Depression is serious, but treatable, and it does not have to be the only noteworthy thing in your life.

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Saluting the Insurgents and Asymmetric Warfare

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X-Ray Fluorescence Reveals Hidden Writings

Scientists are using x-ray fluorescence to uncover previously unknown writings of Archimedes hidden under gold leaf paintings.  Given Mr. Fu’s experience with x-ray fluorescence he is surprised this method had not been considered before.  Perhaps it was, but th article did not make that clear.

Still, this is a big win for physics used to help archeology.  Dr. Jones would be proud.

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Your Fifteen Minutes

In discussing this quote:

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
Andy Warhol

MISS SERIOUS was wondering if you got that all at once or could spread it around some?  She also wondered if that was an average for humanity and that some would not get their fifteen minutes that others might have a bit more fame?

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There Was A Time….

In this country when the endorsement of Fidel Castro would mean an automatic loss in a Presidential election.  Unfortunately Mr. Fu is sure that is no longer the case, particularly considering the praise for nothing that Barrack Obama gets from the press.  But when a man who, with the cooperation of his thugs, brought one of the hottest economies in the Americas to its knees in a fortnight thinks that your policies would be best, you would hope that would ring as a vote of no confidence for an American.

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