President Obama opposes the Keystone pipeline. Which is kind of funny as it would create a lot of jobs. And reduce the price of oil and gasoline. Giving consumers more money in their pockets. Thus stimulating economic activity. Funny things to oppose. But he does. But he may be changing his mind (see Obama might back off Keystone pipeline veto threat: Congressman by AFP posted 12/9/2011 on The Vancouver Sun).
U.S. President Barack Obama might back off his threat to veto legislation approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf, a Democratic lawmaker said Friday.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver told MSNBC television that Obama might bow to House Republicans who have attached the pipeline measure to legislation to extend a tax cut that benefits middle class voters as well as jobless aid…
Asked about the veto threat, Cleaver acknowledged that “at the end it may be that ‘here’s an opportunity to get a deal and get what I want and we go home…’”
Ah, yes, go home. That’s why he may cave. So they don’t have to miss any of their Christmas break. For if there is one thing Washington people like is having a good time. Which is hard to do working anywhere near a holiday.
Of course the crux of the issue is this. President Obama’s first term is as bad as Jimmy Carter’s if not worse. And his poll numbers show this. He’s lost white voters. Which is a lot of voters. And contributors. His team has acknowledged this in a New York Times editorial. And they’re okay with that. So he has to concentrate on his base. Hard-core leftist liberals. And there are two large groups in this base. Trade unions. And environmentalists.
With such bad poll numbers the money isn’t flowing like it was before 2008. So he needs every dime from his base. And that includes trade unions. And environmentalists. Who just happen to fall on opposite sides of the Keystone pipeline debate. The unions want it for the jobs. The environmentalists don’t. Because they hate capitalism and want everyone to live in holes in the ground.
Obama didn’t want to settle this issue until after the 2012 election, though. So he could collect money from groups on both sides of the debate. Because for him politics trumps jobs. The economy. And the American people.
The British are a nice people. A good people. Very polite. And friendly. But sometimes a bit over trusting in their institutions (see Wilting greens posted 12/10/2011 on The Economist).
The furore over whether climate change is real and man-made that has shaken American politics barely stirs a leaf in Britain. Yet the issue is quietly slipping from the popular consciousness. In early 2007, soon after Sir Nicholas Stern published a doom-laden report on climate change, 19% of people told Ipsos MORI, a pollster, that the environment was one of the most pressing issues facing the nation. Nowadays just 4% think so.
Why might this be? Peter Lynn of the University of Essex reckons a fuss over the way some academics presented data, known as “climategate”, may have had an effect. And present economic woes have distracted people from long-term concerns. Compared with looming household debts and the prospect of unemployment, rising sea levels do not seem troubling. That may explain why graduates still fret about global warming whereas those without qualifications are far less concerned about it…
The history of Western Civilization goes through Great Britain. Agriculture reform. The rule of law. Limited government. Capitalism. The Industrial Revolution. Free trade. Everything that made Western Civilization great Great Britain gave Western Civilization. So the British are a proud people. And rightfully so. So when the University of East Anglia says there is such a thing as man-made global warming the British will believe it. Because this science is, after all, British science.
The British are also a strong people. They can endure some of the greatest hardships. They never lost their will to fight to stay free while the Nazis bombed their cities. So they can put up with a lot. But one thing they don’t take too kindly to is being lied to.
So when Climategate 1 and 2 broke the British were probably not amused. Because they built a lot of those silly wind farms that are ugly, noisy and don’t produce electricity during some periods of highest demand. So not only are they paying huge energy surcharges on their electric bills to pay for this nonsense they also experience some brownouts during the coldest winter days. So it’s no surprise that the fear of man-made global warming is not as fearsome as it once was. Because it turned out that the whole thing was bull [excrement]. And expensive bull [excrement] at that.
California is going broke. Out of control public sector pension and health care costs. The high cost of regulation hindering the economy. And spending money on light rail that the people don’t want. And makes it take more time to get from point A to point B (see 17 Miles in Just 78 Minutes! Light Rail vs. Reality in LA by Reason TV posted 12/9/2011 on YouTube).
They spent billions of dollars for these trains. They’re slower than the buses. They run emptier than the buses. They subsidize them almost 10 times as much as the buses. And the average light rail trip uses more energy than a car per passenger mile. About twice as much. Which means they contribute more to global warming than cars do. In other words, this is why California is in the financial mess they’re in. Bad government policy.
It took 78 minutes to travel 17 miles. If you do the math that’s about 13 miles per hour. If you drove in a car on a road with a 35 mph speed limit you would have made it in about 30 minutes. For a round trip that’s an hour of drive time compared to about 2 .6 hours of train time. Well, train and bus time. Because there are a few transfers.
Cars are cheaper and use less energy than trains in L.A. And they are so much more convenient. So why are they replacing cars with trains? More union jobs to build these lines. And more public sector jobs to run these lines. That and I guess for the global warming.
Rumour has it they have found hints of the Higgs at a mass of 125 gigaelectronvolts, about 133 times the mass of a proton. What is known for sure, though, is that researchers from the LHC’s main detectors, ATLAS and CMS, will separately present the past year’s worth of data from the proton collider. That represents more than 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions, more than twice the amount of data reported at a conference in August. That is still not enough data to be able to rule the Higgs definitively in or out, but it should be enough to show hints of the Higgs if it exists in the mass range that had previously not been scrutinised.
Now this is science. They have data from more than 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions and it’s still not enough to prove anything. But it may give them a ‘hint’ that the Higgs Boson may cross over from the world of theoretical physics to the world of experimental physics. Proven again and again by their peers throughout the world. Those with access to large particle accelerators, that is. But if they don’t see this ‘hint’ then they may discard their model. And start all over with a different model.
“If we witness a lack of events in the full mass range, then clearly we will start disfavouring the presence of the standard model Higgs boson in LHC data,” says CMS spokesperson Guido Tonelli. “To really exclude it we would need additional data. But if in this amount of data we don’t see any indication that something is happening, the most likely hypothesis is that we have to look for another solution…”
“It’s the job of theoretical physicists to game out all the different possibilities, so that the experimentalists have all the tools that they need when they eventually discover or don’t discover whatever it is the LHC will or will not reveal,” says Ellis.
You see, physicists are real scientists. You can tell by how they experiment and analyze the crap out of the resulting data. And their experiments have included up to 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions. That’s ‘trillion’ with a ‘t’. Which is a lot.
Interestingly you don’t read anything like this in the global warming ‘scientific’ community. We don’t hear about data compiled from trillions of experiments. What we hear are the same things we hear from Al Gore. A politician. Who talks politics. Not science.
And we never hear them questioning their models. As if their models were not hypothesized by man. But handed down by God. And are beyond questioning. Like a sacred religious text. You know, when you think about it, global warming is more like a religion than a science. Because we’re never allowed to question the ‘science’. But must accept everything they tell us on faith. Just like in a religion.
The Department of Agriculture estimated Friday that farmers will have 848 million bushels of corn on hand at the end of next summer. That’s up less than 1 percent from last month’s forecast.
Next year’s surplus would satisfy demand for fewer than 25 days. A 30-day supply is considered healthy.
Higher corn prices have pushed overall food inflation up this year. Corn is an ingredient in everything from animal feed to cereal to soft drinks. The USDA expects food prices to have increased 4.5% in 2011. They estimate prices will rise as much as 3.5% next year…
The surplus is at historically low levels because of increased demand from ethanol makers and also from livestock producers.
Instead of drilling for oil the Obama administrations wants us to use food for energy. Thus increasing food prices. And possibly creating food shortages. All to save the planet from man-made global warming. Which Climategate 1 and Climategate 2 (hacked emails from the University of East Anglia discussing the manipulation of data for political purposes) have proven to be a man-made lie. And yet here we are. Using food for energy.
Perhaps the idea is to reduce man-made global warming by killing people. For if we starve to death we can’t warm the planet, can we?
Detroit is sucking air. The city is broke. And about to be taken over by the state. So what happened in Detroit? Kind of what’s happening in Europe (see Detroit within months of bankruptcy by Eileen Norcross, in City Life, Pensions, Public Finance, Tax and Budget, posted 12/9/2011 on Mercatus Center).
The city’s pension and health care costs represent 13 percent of Detroit’s budget, or $218.5 annually. Unless Detroit’s 45 unions agree to structural changes, the Mayor warns, Detroit will be taken over by a state-appointed receiver according to Michigan’s emergency manager law.
Once again it’s pensions and health care costs. And unions. Forty five of them in Detroit. Wow. That’s a lot.
The problem with Detroit is the same as that in Europe. It’s a social democracy with a burgeoning welfare state. Which was put into place with an expanding population growth rate and a booming motor city economy. Put the two together and you can pay for any welfare you want with money left over.
But the population growth rate isn’t what it used to be. People just aren’t having as many babies. And the days of the domination of the Big Three are over. They can’t sell crap at whatever price they dictate. Like they tried during the Seventies. Now they have to compete in value. Meaning offering high quality. At affordable prices. Like the Japanese imports started doing during the Seventies.
Unless Detroit cuts their pension obligations and health care costs. Unless they get better contracts from their unions. Unless they can do these things willingly before the state takeover they will do them unwillingly after the state takeover. Only they probably won’t get such a generous deal. Because the industry just isn’t there to tax. And neither are the jobs. This is their new world. City workers are going to have to start living like the rest of the people. Like it or not.