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Apparently only some data is worth considering when talking about global warming

September 29, 2009

Bill Quick at Daily Pundit has a graph that shows the difference between hand picked data presented as proof of global warming and the data left out.


In the image above Red is the data that was presented as proof of global warming. Black is the data that was excluded. Not that in the excluded data the “hockey stick” turns downward not upward.


People are calling this the death knell for global warming. I am not going that far, somewhere someone has an excuse, that will sound plausible, for the exclusion of the other data, but it is another nail in the coffin.


Speaking of plausible excuses – I am waiting for one from the White House regarding the report that the President has only spoken once with General McChrystal, commander of the troops fighting in Afghanistan (you know the Good War, not the bad one that President Bush actually turned around and won.)


The Classic Liberal discusses partisanship. I am not sure that I agree with his premise –

Since registering to vote almost 23 years ago, I have witnessed the government grow bigger and more expensive than it ever has before, while it slowly whittles our individual liberties away. The train to socialism just keeps chugging along … And not once did the Democrat vs. Republican debate put on the brakes.


“We the People”

Not that long ago, those 3 words defined a new world in which the entire people would be sovereign. Never in history had a nation or empire been described this way before. The government belonged to the whole of the sovereign people, the masters.

A government to serve “we the people,” not to command us.

Today however, we elect people to boss us around, and it costs us 50% of our income for their services (and they use guns to collect too). We decide who is best suited for this job by picking one of 2 sides – Democrat or Republican.

I am thinking of 1994 and the subsequent effort by Republicans to cut back the size of government. President Clinton took his case to the American people and public opinion went strongly against the GOP. It is hard to fault politicians for restricting individual liberty and sovereignty when we the people willingly give it away in so many ways.

Moe Lane has a perfect example in his post about Wall Street paying protection money to Democrats. Instead of fighting and throwing the bums out we pay them off and accept lesser restrictions, which over time become greater and greater. The fault isn’t the politicians or the political parties. It is ours.

Mark Steyn expresses my feelings on the subject – Stop letting the left set the rules and setting the tone of the debate. Be aggressive B-E Aggresive! (I am jumping up and down in my little cheerleader skirt right now shouting at C-Span.

OK, not really but I would if I thought it would do any good)

And with that I am off for more coffee.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Portlandic permalink
    September 29, 2009 9:33 am

    Burt Rutan, creator of Space Ship One and many, many other innovative designs, does the math at

    Slide eight shows CO2 is only 3.62% of greenhouse gases.
    Human activity creates only 3.4% of CO2.
    Therefore, doing the math reveals human activity creates less than 1/8 of 1% of greenhouse gasses.

    For this, we want to wreck the economy with ‘cap-and-trade’?

    Oh, yes, CO2 absorbs IR in the same waveband as dihydrogen monoxide, ‘the deadly killer’, which is all around us, and is even more powerful as a greenhouse gas.

    So, if CO2 was removed, it would be quickly replaced by this other pervasive greenhouse gas, which kills over 4,000 people per year in the US alone.

  2. Portlandic permalink
    September 29, 2009 9:34 am

    Little cheerleader skirt?

  3. jenn1964 permalink*
    September 29, 2009 11:42 am

    Out of all that, that’s what you picked up on 😛 ? Just kidding. I am serious though I would dress up in a cheerleader outfit and make a screaming spectactle of myself if I thought it would do any good.

    • Portlandic permalink
      September 29, 2009 11:50 am

      Mind. Gutter. Quelle surprise?

      Well, finding and extracting the takeaway from Bert Rutan’s EAA presentation (How do I detest PowerPoint? Let me bullet point the ways…) in the prior post, that’s where my mind goes.

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