Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Daily Reading

The Honesty of Environmentalists - If you have any interest in uncovering the real science and threat of anthropogenic climate change (I'm agnostic but leaning toward some moderate human influence) you owe it to yourself to read this, especially if your only input has been non-scientist Al Gore's movie. This section caught my eye:
There have been no mass evacuations of populations of islanders as suggested by Gore, though some residents of Tuvalu have asked to be moved to New Zealand, even though the tide-gauges maintained until recently by the National Tidal Facility of Australia show a mean annual sea-level rise over the past half-century equivalent to the thickness of a human hair. The problem with the Carteret Islands, mentioned by Ms. Kreider, arose not because of rising sea levels but because of imprudent dynamiting of the reefs by local fishermen.

In the Maldives, a detailed recent study showed that sea levels were unchanged today compared with 1250 years ago, though they have been higher in much of the intervening period, and have very seldom been lower.

A well-established tree very close to the Maldivian shoreline and only inches above sea level was recently uprooted by Australian environmentalists anxious to destroy this visible proof that sea level cannot have risen very far.

This is why I don't trust environmentalists in general. I question the intentions of any individual who is emotionally invested in a coming disaster. Their need for the world to be ending and their need for it to be our doing reminds me far more of a religious mentality than a scientific mentality. Why else would you attack proof that you are wrong? Seems like Muslims blowing up Buddhas.

Also, tons and tons and tons of great stuff here. Just read it all.

The Lightning - I got this from Kim du Toit's page and it is really one of the most important things you can read today. It explains geopolitics in the most critical and succinct way I've ever seen. Take away statement:
Whether America remains free and prosperous will be determined by whoever controls The Lightning; which is some critical portion of war suitable energy resources.

And it damned well better be us.

You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing.

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