Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Irony of Teabaggers

Ok, so apparently there was a Teabagger convention in Nashville a couple weeks ago. Here is what caught my eye about the event:

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Ended $549.00 $9.95 Sold Out

For the people who claim they can't spare another dime in taxes they dished out $558.95 to see the worst speaker on the planet outside of G.W. Bush speak.

It doesn't stop there, the speaker was of course Sarah Palin...Speaking about taxes...

Sarah Palin is at a "tax convention" yet she is a citizen of and once the Governor of one of least taxed states in the Union. Alaska is one of only 5 states that has no sales tax and workers in Alaska pay no state income taxes. How is that possible? The State of Alaska is subsidized by the rest of the tax payers in all the other states. Federal spending accounts for 1/3 of all jobs in Alaska, a state whose citizens are actually wealthier than those in the lower 48. As Governor, Palin herself was petitioning congress (at a time the US was running a deficit) for all kinds of pork projects at a time when oil revenues were at record highs and she was handing out an extra $1200 to every Alaskan citizen on top of the $2000 they already get from the oil dividend fund.

From 2004 to 2008 (Palin was Governor from 2006-2009) Taxpayers for Common Sense reports , Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens had a hand in 891 Alaska-oriented earmarks worth $3.2 billion. That is 18 times the national average. And earmarks represent just a fraction of federal spending in Alaska, which totaled over $9 billion in 2006 alone.

Alaska routinely ranks 1st in Federal Taxes Paid vs. Federal Spending received by states from 1981-2005, meaning Alaskans receive $1.87 in federal funds for every dollar they contribute in taxes, which is the worst ratio in the country. Federal spending per capita in Alaska is 71% higher than the national average. In 2003, federal spending amounted to more than $12,200 per resident of Alaska because Alaska can't support itself without a state income and sales taxes. I think the Teabagers need to realize is that if they want their taxes to go down, Alaskans are going to have to start paying their fair share and stop living off of pork and welfare and stop getting something for nothing. And you thought it was black children with single moms in the ghetto who were getting free handouts and living off your hard earned tax money??? Nope, it's the 699,000 citizens of Alaska. So why is the face of Alaska, who along with the rest of her state are responsible for everyone elses high taxes, speaking at an anti-tax, anti-spending convention? She should be their arch enemy, and I am sure she would be if she were black. But apparently it's ok to lower taxes here in the US, assuming some other government far away is billing their tax payers enough to pick up the slack. If you cut taxes in one place you have to make up for it in others, unless you are from Alaska and then you can just bill the federal government and build a bridge to nowhere.

And as Bill Maher has pointed out, a recent poll showed that almost 90% of the people who identified with the Teabaggers thought taxes had stayed the same or gone up under Obama and only 2% knew that they had actually gone down. Nationally, 24% of the population thought that Obama had raised taxes and only 12% knew that most Americans saw their taxes go down and that no ones taxes have gone up.

And this is a movement that is based on Taxes? It is clear these people don't know anything about taxes.

Not only that, the original Tea Party wasn't even upset about taxes, they were protesting taxation without representation. As you have seen with idiots like Sarah Palin, Dennis Hastert, George Bush, Joe Wilson, Sam Brownback, David Vitter, John Shimkus, Mark Sanford, Michelle Bachman, etc., these people are definitely represented.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Climate Change and 20" of Snow in Philly...In February!

Ok, I know you have heard all these idiots who got 20" of the north eastern February, and all of the sudden they think that means that either the Earth is getting colder or that it isn't getting warmer. Now, being the ethnocentric, over zealous, reactionary, fly by the seat of their pants, "I feel it in my gut", go along with the in-crowd who can't see the world beyond their own back yard that my conservative friends always seem to be, that is completely opposite of what they have been saying over the last few years where they actually conceded that the Earth was warming but it couldn't possibly have anything to do with greenhouse gases or man's activities and it is just a natural cycle of the planet (which it is but not now, we should be close to approaching another ice age if anything). But now that there is SNOW IN FEBRUARY they are back on the bandwagon that there is no such thing as climate change at all. They even make such claims (Denis Miller) that, "who cares, 1-2 degrees. What's the big deal". Well the big deal is that at 32 degrees water is ice but at 33 degrees it's water...Fresh water....melting not into lake Tahoe or a water tower in the middle of the Mojave, but into our oceans which currently contain salt water which is a whole other problem for people in the UK, Scandinavia and Iceland that I won't get into.

Here are the facts:

Venus is hotter than Mercury even though it is twice as far away from the Sun and Venus only receives 1/4 of the Sun's energy as Mercury . Why? Greenhouse gases!

The lowest temperatures on Mercury (closest planet to the Sun) is about 297 degrees BELOW ZERO F. The low temperatures on Venus only get down to about 675 degrees Fahrenheit AOVE ZERO. Why? Because Mercury has no greenhouse gases, Venus' atmosphere is 96.5% CO2. So there, now we know the effects a greenhouse gas like CO2 can have on a planet.

Now, what have people on Earth been spewing out of their automobiles, coal plants, trains, boats and factories for the last 150 years?? That's right! CO2. But don't forget Methane, which acts as a much more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, can be generated by the decomposition of our garbage but mainly comes from the digestion of our livestock. Yes fatty, that steak raises green house gas levels in our atmosphere. And don't say you can't stop cows from farting because if you thought it through for a couple more minutes it was all start to make sense...I just don't want anyone to embarrass themselves. Speaking of which, contrary to what Congressmen John Boehner says, cows do not fart CO2.

Over the last 400,000 years, CO2 levels have averaged about 300 ppm but due to our industrial revolution and population explosion we have contributed another 80 ppm to that figure bringing current average CO2 concentrations to 380 ppm, a 26.6% increase. During the last ice age when it was obviously really cold, CO2 concentrations were at about 180 ppm and guess what, there were not cars, coal plants or animal husbandry to generate the massive amounts of CO2 or Methane the Western diet generates today.

Every warming period going back 400,000 years has coincided with a rise in CO2 levels. CO2 levels have been higher in the past as volcanic activity and the dying off of the majority of life on the planet and other factors can release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as well.

CO2 is toxic to humans, it's why we exhale it....But it does have a nice effect for metal bands in the form of dry ice.

Since the end of the last ice age (16000 BC) the oceans have risen 300 feet (it's why there is now a Bering Strait as opposed to a Bering land bridge) and the average temperature of the Earth has gone up 16 degrees F. So you see, when it gets warmer, ice does melt, when ice melts, the sea levels do rise. I know Faux News says that ice doesn't make the water levels rise but they are wrong about that along with a great number of other the definition of "news" for instance.

Europe's "little ice age" lasted from 1400 until the start of the industrial revolution (1860) coincidence there. The interesting thing is that during this time, they experienced very little precipitation. This colder environment along with drier weather resulted in the decline of the Vikings and the Irish Potato Famine. So 24" of snow (precipitation) on the east coast in the middle of February doesn't mean the Earth is getting cooler or even that it isn't getting warmer. Just as Antarctica is one of, if not the driest places on Earth even though it is one of the coldest, it can still snow even if its just a little warmer than it was last year. By the way 2008 saw a 1.34" above average amount of precipitation. Bottom line, warmer air can hold more moisture than colder air.

Combined global land and ocean temperatures January of 2010 was the 4th warmest on record according to the activist, leftist, Stalinist, global warming profiting, biased, conspiracy laden National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June of 2009 was the second warmest on record since records have been kept going back to 1880.

For the Southern Hemisphere June of 2009 was the warmest month on record. You may recall the photos Koala Bears begging humans for water.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (not amateur Faux News reporters) the 2000s (2000-2009) were the warmest decade ever since humans have been recording such data. And I am not just talking about all the hot air from the Bush administration.

2009 was the 5 warmest year since humans have been recording such data.

New studies (NCAR) show that the occurrences of days where a record high temperature was set have vastly outnumbered the days where record lows were set have been steadily increasing over the last 50 years and is now at a ratio of 2 to 1. How the data works out is that there are fewer days where record lows are set, not that there are so many more days where record highs are set and what it also suggests is that our days aren't getting that much warmer but our nights are becoming less cold. A less cold/warmer night would make sense if there were more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as the warm air would be trapped in the atmosphere which keeps the nights warm even after the Sun goes down...See the Venus effect where it has hot nights and Mercury has very cold nights but very hot days but there are no greenhouse gases to trap that heat as there is in Venus and now Earth.

From 1995-2001 the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica lost 970 square miles of it's surface area.
The Jones Ice Shelf had an area of 35 km2 in 1970 but was gone by 2008.

Of the 2000 or so glaciers being monitored in Alaska, 99% are retreating along with several hundred in Patagonia and the glacier on Mt. Kilimanjaro has retreated 75% since 1912.

Since 1980, the average thickness of glaciers being monitored (30 glaciers in 9 mountain ranges) has decreased by 11.3 meters water equivalent.

Interesting Coincidences:

In first half of the 1940's there was and increase in both CO2 levels and global temperatures.
At the same time, the world was at war building the largest armies the world has ever seen and transporting those armies across the world burning massive amounts fossil fuels.

There were some very cold weeks this winter, at least in the midwest. At the same time, electricity generated by coal plants in the US from October of 2008 to October of 2009 was down 11,592 thousand megawatt hours or 7.6%, Declines in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, and West Virginia accounted for 56.3 of that decline but electricity generated by hydroelectric sources was up 29.8%. Due to the stagnant economy, net generation of electricity was down 3.8% during the same time frame.

So, what does the anomaly of 2 big snow storms and 2 or 3 average winters over the last 20 years in the Northern Hemisphere or North America do to disprove the effects of man's impact on the climate or at very least that the Earth's climate is changing??

Not dick!

Boulder, CO:
Grinnell Glacier:
Morteratsch Glacier:
Mass Balance of Glaciers:
Decline of Specific Mass Balance:

Glaciers don't recede if the climate gets colder. Get it?

And I know some on the right will say that there is all this money to be made in global warming and that Al Gore has made millions selling global warming and giving speeches. Well ok, if you want to follow the money let's do that.

We know that the "science" against climate change is coming from the people who sell fossil fuels such as the Coal industry and big oil. So, lets look at how much money they stand to lose vs. the money Al Gore and a few climatologists stand to gain in the climate change debate.

Roughly 45-50% of all the electricity generated in the US comes from Coal fired power plants. The Coal industry in the US, which is second only 2nd China, generates profits between $50-60 billion per year. We also know that Exxon ALONE had $40 Billion in profit in 2007. So how much did Al Gore make off An Inconvenient Truth? How much funding do climatologists who research climate change receive world wide?? You tell me but I know its not $100s of Billions.

So who has the biggest incentive in skewing or proving data one way or the other? The guys making $100s of Billions per year or the guys who are receiving millions per year?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Bible Fail, Which is it?

I don't take credit for putting all of this list together but as I have pointed out in the past, how can you put so much credence in a book that consistently gets it's stories confused. Not only did the Bible get a lot of science wrong (the Earth doesn't rest on pillars and is round for instance) but many of the stories of Jesus in the gospels are completely different versions of the supposedly same event. If at least two of the gospels got Jesus' last words wrong, what else did they get wrong? What else about the Bible isn't true? This question is mainly for the fundamentalists who believe every word of the Bible to be literal and 100% accurate as many trained priests in the Catholic Church for instance are educated enough to not take everything literally. So, fundamentalists, how can you put 100% faith in the "word of God" if the word of God isn't a consistent message? And if God was involved in this, why is it so flawed? And then, how can you put so much faith in a god who can't keep his stories straight and is clearly not perfect?

Isn't it a catch 22? I mean, if you can clearly see the error of man involved here and it's obvious that "God" had nothing to do with this book, then aren't you really worshiping man, following the law of man and not God? And if that is the case, why would you just worship a bunch of bronze age tribesman? What do they know? But if you still claim this is a book from God, even partly, then why do you want to worship such a humanesque god who isn't the sharpest pin in the cushion?

And by all means, if you can explain a way these inconsistencies, I am all ears, feel free to correct me.

2 Kings 2:11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
John 3:13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Exodus 32:14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith . . . not by works.
James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? . . . Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1 Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
Matthew 10:34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Jerimiah 13:14 "I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them"
James 5:11 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Isaiah 14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Genesis 32:30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and my life was preserved.”
Exodus 33:20 And he said, "Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live."
Exodus 33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God at any time
Exodus 33:23 "And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my backparts".
1 Timothy 6:16 "Whom no man hath seen nor can see."
Exodus 24:9-10 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.

Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 32:27-28 Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.' The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.

John 5:31 If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.
John 8:14 Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Genisis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genisis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genisis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genisis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Genisis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Genesis 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

ACT 1:18: "Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out."
Matthew 27:5-7: "And he (Judas) cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests...bought with them the potter's field."

Luke 23:46: "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, unto thy hands I commend my spirit:" and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."
John 19:30: "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished:" and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Acts 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him (Paul) stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
Acts 22:9 And they that were with me(Paul) saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

And of course there is the "What Would the World be Like if the Bible Were True" post.

Not such the perfect word after all, is it?