People in the Norwegian town of Rjukan use Mirrors to Combat the Lack of Global Warming

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 2nd, 2013

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Global warming alarmists must hate the Norwegian town of Rjukan (see Giant mirrors reflect winter sun into Norwegian town of Rjukan by Associated Press posted 10/30/2013 on The Guardian).

Residents of the small Norwegian town of Rjukan have finally seen the light.

Tucked in-between steep mountains, the town is normally shrouded in shadow for almost six months a year, with residents having to catch a cable car to the top of a nearby precipice to get a fix of midday vitamin D.

But on Wednesday faint rays from the winter sun for the first time reached the town’s market square, thanks to three giant mirrors placed on a mountain…

“Before when it was a fine day, you would see that the sky was blue and you knew that the sun was shining. But you couldn’t quite see it. It was very frustrating,” said Karin Roe, from the local tourist office. “This feels warm. When there is no time to get to the top of the mountains on weekdays, it will be lovely to come out for an hour and feel this warmth on my face.”

Like much of Scandinavia, Rjukan often is freezing throughout the winter, but on Wednesday it was 7 C.

If we convert 7 C to Fahrenheit we get 44.6 degrees.  How’s that for a balmy October day?

It would appear that the good people of Rjukan like the warmth.  And tire of the cold.  Well, that will not please the global warming alarmists.  Who will probably sue the town of Rjukan to remove those mirrors.  Because in their world all warming is bad.  And wrong.  While being cold is natural.  So the people of Rjukan should stay cold.  For the planet.  While people like Al Gore lounge in their beach villas.  Soaking up all the warmth and sun as they please.  For it may be bad in their world.  But even they love the warmth of the sun.  Proving that warm is good.  And cold is bad.

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Is it a Bad Omen for Obamacare Website that Hackers compromised President Obama’s Twitter Account?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 2nd, 2013

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It’s a brave new world out there.  An electronic world of convenience and pleasure.  On demand 24/7.  Wherever we are.  But this convenience comes at a price (see President Obama’s Twitter account compromised after Syrian group hacks into link-shortener by Adam Edelman posted 10/28/2013 on the Daily News).

President Obama’s Twitter account was briefly compromised Monday after a shady online group hacked into the link-shortening service used by Obama’s social media team.

Well that doesn’t bode well for the security of the Obamacare website or the massive database the government will be keeping our personal data in. 

According to CNBC, the group, which has claimed responsibility in the past for other big cyber-attacks, didn’t actually hack into the President’s account.

Rather, it breached the link-shortener tool, which send out truncated links to Internet URLs, used by his social media team.

The tool, a custom third-party link-shortener, was used by the President’s Organizing for Action group and is not affiliated with Twitter.

Oh, so it wasn’t a government account that got hacked.  That’s good.  Wait a minute, if they can hack into a tool millions use successfully and with ease then surely they can hack into a system so poorly designed that it doesn’t even work.  A system that tells its users they have no expectations of privacy.  Did they include that disclaimer because the system is so poorly designed that it is a hacker’s paradise?  Or is it because they are going to share that data with all of their political cronies to help them in the next election?  Whichever it is the people won’t like it.

Makes you pine for the good old days when your phone was on the kitchen wall.  And you read your news in a newspaper.  And actually enjoyed opening your mail.  Those were the days.  All the way back to the ancient 1980s.  When the only worry you had in the world was the Soviet Union starting a thermonuclear war.  Which seems at times less frightening than what can happen today.  For the odds of thermonuclear war were so great that it didn’t weigh on your mind every day.  Unlike the odds that the government will collect our most private information in such an unsecured fashion that hackers will steal it.  And use it to financially ruin us.

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Global Warming Alarmists ignore Historical Record and claim Cooling is Better than Warming

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 2nd, 2013

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Do you know why it was so cold at Valley Forge during the American Revolution?  We were in a mini ice age at the time. The Little Ice Age (from about 1350 to 1850).  Introduced by the Black Death.  The greatest plague in human history.  As the earth continued to cool we got shorter growing seasons.  And wetter growing seasons.  Leading to a little famine.  And war.  As nations struggled to feed themselves with shorter, colder and wetter growing seasons.  Plunging the world into centuries of world war.  Including the previously noted American Revolution.  Which followed the Seven Years’ War.  And was a prelude to the Napoleonic Wars.  And there were plenty more wars before, after and in between.

Disease, famine and war.  No, cold isn’t good.  Warm is good.  Just ask Napoleon.  Who was beaten by the brutal Russian winter.  Or those who died from cold, famine and disease at Valley Forge.  Yet there are those who believe that cold is better than warm (see Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer, posted 11/8/2013 on Yahoo! News).

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.

Actually, history has shown all of these things are worse during times of global cooling.  When disease, famine and war were the norm.  Hitler invaded the Soviet Union for Lebensraum.  Living space.  Which meant taking the breadbasket of Europe for the German people.  The Ukraine.  A lot of wars have been fought over food.  And the less food there is the more frequent and brutal the wars.  For those who have no food suffer famine and die.

We’ve been putting carbon in the atmosphere since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution (1760ish).  We’ve been burning coal in our steam engines, locomotives, ships, steel plants, and our home furnaces for centuries.  The smoke, soot and ash was so thick and heavy that we made our city trains electric.  Because they don’t block out the sun when they run like our steam locomotives did.  Then coal gave way to petroleum products.  And the glorious internal combustion engine.  The greatest game changer in the history of man.

We’ve just been putting more and more carbon in the air since 1760.  And in those 250 or so years has any of the global warming doom and gloom come to pass?  No.  The world population has grown.  Because our food supply has grown.  And life expectancies have grown longer throughout this period because there have been fewer plagues, famines and wars.  The Pax Britannica (the British Peace) lasted about a century (1815–1914).  And the Pax Americana (the American Peace) has been going on since the end of World War II (1945).  We suffered some horrendous wars during these periods of peace but they were the exception not the rule.  In large part because the Little Ice Age had ended.  And the world was warming once again.

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Electric Car Builder Tesla increases Battery Order by 900%

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 2nd, 2013

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Say’s law states that supply creates its own demand.  Think of some of the greatest inventions in our life and you’ll see that Say’s law is true.  Today’s kitchens aren’t complete without a microwave oven.  Yet we didn’t demand a microwave oven.  Because we had no idea what it was until someone created it.  And told us how wonderful it was.  Then we started buying them.  The supply of microwaves came first.  The demand then followed.  Hence, supply created its own demand.  Just like Say’s law states.  You know who else believes in Say’s law?  Elon Musk.  The guy who founded PayPal.  SpaceX.  And Tesla Motors (see Tesla boosts battery order from Panasonic by Reuters posted 10/30/2013 on The Globe and Mail).

Tesla Motors Inc. will sharply increase the number of lithium ion battery cells it receives from Japan’s Panasonic Corp, in a deal that underscores the U.S. car maker’s confidence in the future of all-electric cars.

Electronics maker Panasonic, already Tesla’s primary supplier of lithium-ion batteries, will provide nearly 2 billion lithium ion cells to the car maker in the four years to 2017, the two companies said on Wednesday.

That is a big step-up from the 200 million cells Panasonic is expected to have supplied to Tesla in the two years ending this December.

The deal shows Tesla’s faith in its models despite slower-than-expected global sales of electric vehicles.

Going from 200 million to 2 billion?  That’s an increase of 900%.  It’s one thing to have faith and believe in your product.  Believing that your supply will create demand.  But there is another economic concept that may be pertinent here.  One from the Austrian school of economics.  Malinvestment.  Taking advantage of cheap capital and government subsidies to make bad investments.  Hence malinvestments.  For it is unlikely that any business is going to see a 900% sales growth in the coming year let alone the narrow niche market of electric cars.  Even Jean-Baptiste Say himself would probably say that’s some pretty wishful thinking that a 900% increase in supply will generate a corresponding demand.

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The Nanny State wants to know what we’re Doing in our Bathrooms

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 2nd, 2013

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The American left is hell-bent on forcing national health care onto the American people.  Just like the European social democracies have.  Why?  Power.  They want to micromanage people’s lives.  Just as the European socialists want to do.  Because they are so much smarter than we are.  And know what’s best for us.  But it’s a slippery slope.  Today it’s our health care.  Tomorrow it may be our poop (see The Euro-flush: European Union to standardize toilets’ flush, set maximum volume of six litres by Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph, posted 10/30/2013 on the National Post).

The European Union will unveil rules next week to standardize the flush on toilets, despite the admission that there are “very significant variations” on flushing habits across Europe “including cultural aspects…”

The EU standard follows almost three years of work by civil servants and difficulties in the workability of a one-size-fits-all rule for drains that vary greatly across the continent.

Do we really want people running our health care system that spent almost three years studying the optimum amount of water needed to flush poop?  What’s next?  Regulations defining the maximum permissible amount of toilet paper squares for wiping per defecation?  It sounds silly.  But you know there is a liberal somewhere thinking about it.  Sheryl Crow thought about it enough to make a joke about it.

Crow has suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”.

So it’s coming if we keep sliding down this slippery slope.  The potty police.  Once they dictate the amount of water we may use to flush with they’ll be mandating a new toilet paper dispenser that will issue only one square per poop.  Perhaps with an Internet connection to the IRS for enforcement.  A subdivision of the Obamacare taskforce.  Whose motto will be ‘one poop one square’.  And woe to anyone who dares use a second square.  For they will feel the full wrath of the IRS.

Low-flow toilets are a top priority for the nanny state.  To save the environment.  By reducing our use of water.  But the solution of one problem leads to a new problem.  One of the unintended consequences liberals are so well known for.  Low-flow toilets use more water.  Because of multiple flushes.  For sometimes one flush just isn’t enough.  So what then?  A new toilet.  Perhaps one that that only allows three flushes per person per home.  One flush not enough?  Too bad.  Unless you can get someone else to give up one of their flushes. Or you want to pee in the backyard to save your flushes to keep your house from smelling like a backed-up toilet in a filthy public restroom.  You know there is a liberal somewhere thinking about this.  For they are studying the optimum amount of water needed to flush poop in the European Union.  And everything the European socialists do American liberals want to do, too.

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