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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 31, 2010.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Two blasts kill nine in south Russia's Dagestan
MOSCOW, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Nine people, including two police officers, were killed in two blasts on Wednesday in the town of Kizlyar in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
A policeman was killed on the spot and another one died on the way to hospital, the Itar-Tass quoted a source in the republic's Interior Ministry as saying.
The explosion went off when a car packed with explosives was detonated in the Moskovskaya Street near a school, the source said. There were no children in the school at the moment.
Posted on 03/31/2010 1:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Prevent: an expensive non-event

Douglas Murray in The Telegraph states the obvious, namely that the Government's Prevent strategy has done nothing to stop "extremism". Murray does not say but should that as long Islam - all Islam - remains unchallenged, there will always be "extremism".

As we are reminded on a daily basis, there is very little that government does well. Perhaps what it can do least well is theology.

Yet through its “Prevent” strategy, that is exactly what this Government has tried to do. In the past few years, it has spent millions of pounds trying to prevent Muslim radicalisation. But the effort was flawed from the outset and as the Communities and Local Government Select Committee warned yesterday, the efforts made could be backfiring

The Prevent programme was set up after the 2005 London bombings as part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Yet the security services already do counter-terrorism and are remarkably successful at it. So the purpose of Prevent was not only unclear, it was a classic example of government metastasizing.

It attempted to go far beyond what government could or should do. It aimed to tackle radicalisation by providing a “counter-narrative” to that of al-Qaeda and other extremist groups. And so, instead of teaching British values and beliefs and otherwise allowing the relevant authorities to enforce the law, Prevent got involved in attempting to create what one Imam recently described to me as “MI5 Islam”.

This meant that from the outset Prevent got bogged down in the interminable ongoing civil wars in the Islamic faith while doing little to tackle the real problems. It did not stop extremist speakers being given platforms at mosques and universities across the country, nor even, as it turned out, speaking at Prevent-sponsored events.

But it did become, predictably enough, a cash cow which any enterprising Muslim group could tap into. Government funding on what were called “key Prevent deliverables” in the period 2008-2009 alone was over £140 million. Much of this money went on things which were – at best – many steps away from dealing with what drives young Muslims into extremism.

Barking Mosque received more than £5,000 to provide rap “workshops” and lunches. Something called “Bedford: Faith in Queens Park” received £9,000 for its basketball club, another £10,000 for its cricket club and £11,000 for “fusion youth singing”. It received £1,350 for a talk on “prophetic medicine”. The Cherwell “Banbury Fair Trade Society” was paid by Prevent to deliver a “multicultural food festival”.

Across the country Prevent money went to boxing, karate, judo and five-a-side football clubs, while the 1st Bristol Muslim Scout Group bafflingly received £3,180 of Prevent money for camping equipment.

Most disturbingly of all, thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money was used not to stop fundamentalism, but simply to teach Islam. Just last year, one highly conservative Muslim organisation received two payments of £20,000 to proselytise for Islam.

It didn’t take long for other “community leaders” to realise something was deeply wrong. Why should only Muslim communities receive hundreds of millions of pounds? Say you were a Hindu boy-scout in your leaky tent at scout camp. Would you not wonder at the spanking new facilities enjoyed by your Muslim neighbour? Why have young Sikh, Buddhist or – imagine – white working-class youngsters not had ping-pong tables and karate lessons thrown in their direction?

Murray doesn't use the term jizya, but he should.

Posted on 03/31/2010 4:51 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Islam - a very modern religion

In most respects, Islam is far from modern. Its tenets are primitive; it cannot create a modern economy; it cannot invent, but ony buy in (with unearned oil revenues) modern technology. However, there is one way in which Islam chimes with the spirit of the age: like its founder Mohammed, Muslims suffer from excessive self-esteem. In a "journal of everyday virtues" called In Character, Theodore Dalrymple contrasts self-esteem and self-respect, and makes the case that many have too much of the former and not enough of the latter: 

When people speak of their low self-esteem, they imply two things: first, that it is a physiological fact, rather like low hemoglobin, and second, that they have a right to more of it. What they seek, if you like, is a transfusion of self-esteem, given (curiously enough) by others; and once they have it, the quality of their lives will improve as the night succeeds the day. For the record, I never had a patient who complained of having too much self-esteem, and who therefore asked for a reduction. Self-esteem, it appears, is like money or health: you can't have too much of it.

Self-esteemists, if I may so call those who are concerned with the levels of their own self-esteem, believe that it is something to which they have a right. If they don't have self-esteem in sufficient quantity to bring about a perfectly happy life, their fundamental rights are being violated. They feel aggrieved and let down by others rather than by themselves; they ascribe their lack of rightful self-esteem to the carping, and unjustified, criticism of parents, teachers, spouses, and colleagues.

The twin qualities leading to self-esteem are (an allegedly) just appreciation of one's own importance and of one's own worth. Neither importance nor worth, however, are qualities to be found in nature without an appraising mind; it is the appraising mind that confers them upon their object.

Let us take importance first. There is no doubt a sense - that of the American Declaration of Independence, the supposedly self-evident truth that all men are created equal - in which everyone is important simply by virtue of drawing breath; but of course this kind of importance is not sufficient for the self-esteemist, who derives no comfort from it whatsoever. What he needs is to be more important than someone else in order to have his self-esteem. Nor is it sufficient that he should be more important than somebody else only in his own eyes, because we are all more important in our own eyes than anybody else.

Hence the self-esteemist demands the recognition of others - "respect," in the lexicon of the slum hoodlum - in order to prop up his self-esteem. Unfortunately for him, the world of others still usually insists upon some kind of achievement before according recognition: achievement in a broad sense, but achievement nonetheless. But the self-esteemist wants to skip this arduous requirement; the result is that he is an angry and bitter soul. 

Similar strictures apply to the other component of self-esteem, namely the sense of worth. Clearly, a sense of worth is something that one would normally expect to be earned rather than conferred ex officio, as it were, similar to the right to a fair trial, but the self-esteemist wants to skip the stage of earning. He is like the man who resents the fact that he has not inherited enough to prevent the necessity of having to make a living for himself.

In other words, the self-esteemist wants something for nothing, and, because in his heart he knows that what he wants is impossible, he is wretched and ascribes all the many failures of his life to it. Self-esteem is therefore first cousin to resentment.

Muslims are "the best of peoples" - remember that and everything follows.

Posted on 03/31/2010 5:23 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
McGonagall

Of course Anthony Daniels (Theodore Dalrymple) found William McGonagall funny:

I had laughed so much that I was weak, as if suffering from hypoglycemia; my legs felt as if my bones had dissolved, leaving the muscles and other soft tissues to support themselves.

We have laughed at him at this site. However,  Anthony Daniels' piece in the New Criterion (subscription only) makes some serious observations too:

William McGonagall was a ridiculous and yet, in many ways, an admirable figure, worthy of our sympathy, compassion, and respect rather than of our disdain. If invincible delusion had not inured him to the cruel insults and practical jokes of his contemporaries, his life would have been truly tragic. But then again, were it not for that invincible delusion—that he was a theatrical and poetic genius unprecedented since the time of Shakespeare—his life would have passed in the utmost anonymity.

He was born in about 1825, the fifth child of poor parents who had emigrated from Ireland to Scotland, where there was a textile boom. Wages were very low, but high enough to make them attractive to impoverished, landless Irish. McGonagall probably received only eighteen months of formal education in his life, before being put to work on handlooms at a very early age, facts that themselves should give us pause for respect. For his letters were written in a firm, clear, and almost elegant hand; he wrote grammatically for the most part, and his orthography was superior to that of a great proportion, perhaps even of the majority, of modern Britons who have undergone at least eleven years of education. Indeed, it is better than that of many present-day graduates.

Between the ages of fifteen and twenty, McGonagall developed a passion for the theater, particularly for Shakespeare. It strikes me as both remarkable and moving that a man who was born, lived all his life, and died in abject poverty should have attached such value to high culture. At first, he worked in the theater backstage or as a scene-changer, but then began to obtain parts in an amateur or semi-professional capacity. He knew whole Shakespeare plays by heart, especially the great tragedies, and eventually obtained starring roles in Dundee, where he lived. What he never realized, because his belief in his genius was as granitic as his absence of a sense of humor was total, was that he was given these roles for the absurdity of his performances. Here is a description of one of his appearances as Macbeth (his favorite part):

McGonagall as Macbeth refused to die when run through by Macduff; he maintained his feet and flourished his weapon about the ears of his adversary in such a way that there was for some time an apparent possibility of a real tragedy. Macduff, continually telling him to go down became at length so incensed that he gave him a smart rap over the fingers with the flat of his sword. McGonagall dropped his weapon, but dodged and pranced as if to wrestle. Macduff threw his sword aside, seized Macbeth and brought the sublime tragedy to a close in a rather undignified way by taking the feet from under the principal character.

[...]

There is nothing [...] to suggest that McGonagall was other than harmless and even kindly. It was a nineteenth-century equivalent of paying to see the lunatics in Bedlam, and now, when I laugh so heartily at McGonagall’s verses, I feel that I am participating in this unfeeling cruelty. Even if the deluded are happy, you do not laugh at their delusions, for there is something intrinsically pitiable about the quality of being deluded.

A world that did not laugh at his verse, however, or refused to enjoy itself with them out of supersensitivity to his memory would be a horrible world too. Only a man with a heart of stone, said Oscar Wilde, could read the death of Little Nell without laughing; only someone with the most frightening self-control could read the following lines, from “The Wreck of the Whaler ‘Oscar,’” with a straight face, or wish them expunged altogether from the human record: “’Twas on the 1st of April, and in the year Eighteen thirteen/ That the whaler ‘Oscar’ was wrecked not far from Aberdeen.” So on the one hand cruelty, and on the other the human necessity to laugh: an irresolvable antinomy of almost Kantian proportions.

Posted on 03/31/2010 5:51 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Geert Wilders as a "Right-Wing Populist"

According to the Homeric epithets affixed by his enemies, Geert Wilders is a "right-wing populist."

 About the "right-wing" part -- see here.

And about the populism,  see the paragraph about "populism" just posted by George Handlery at Brussels Journal: 

"Amused, the writer is observing what is labeled as “extreme right wing” or as a “populist”. By now, the routine charge of populism has achieved fad status akin to piercings, baggy pants and snowboards. This notation addresses itself to the term “populist” when applied as a charge before ritual condemnation. There are things that we all know but which the elites, being domiciled in their “houses high on the hills”, can avoid. Since the problem does not fit their concept as in an ideal world it is not supposed to exist, they are reluctant to discuss the matter. If, inconveniently, someone publicizes unfitting concerns, the elite knows that it lacks an effective response. Therefore, in want of a convincing answer, the party raising the issue is dismissed as “populist”. In doing so, the claimant has essentially accepted defeat on a playing field that has been leveled to the traditional élites’ disadvantage. Perhaps populism should be given a new meaning. In practice, it appears that populism is when “they” have no good retort and must allege, for that reason, that the people are too simple to fathom the problem. Consequently, those who refer to the average person’s judgment are accused of misleading agitation to rally the barefooted. In trouble, the folks without arguments allege that the populists are wrong simply because they have simple answers. Indeed: “check-mate” is a simple matter."

 

Posted on 03/31/2010 6:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Moshe Arens On The Israel-Obama Administration Impasse

The Impasse With Washington -- Moshe Arens


As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was leaving Washington, after undergoing a series of what seemed like deliberate humiliations by the White House, he said he had found the golden middle way between U.S. President Barack Obama's demands and Israel's positions. But he will quickly find out that there is no middle way - Obama wants to go all the way. He may be prepared to nibble away at Israel's positions one nibble at a time, but he knows exactly where he wants to go.

It all started with Obama's speech in Cairo last June. Pulling no punches, and for the first time since 1957 during the Eisenhower administration, the president raised in public a difference of opinion between the United States and Israel that had existed for many years but had in the past been relegated to discreet discussions between officials of the two governments. Israel would have to stop building settlements in the West Bank, he told the audience at Cairo University. You did not have to be very smart to know that when he said West Bank he did not mean only Judea and Samaria, but rather anything that was located beyond the 1949 armistice lines (the Green Line). And that also included the areas of Jerusalem beyond the Green Line.

Rather than stating clearly that this demand contradicted Israel's basic rights and therefore could not be met, the Israeli government adopted a tactic of making partial accommodations to Obama's demands and stalling for time. First came Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University agreeing, with some reservations, to the establishment of a Palestinian state. Then came the government's decision to freeze construction in the settlements in Judea and Samaria for 10 months. When U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Israel for this unprecedented decision - and it really was unprecedented - the Israeli government thought it had appeased Washington's demands, when in reality it was being told by Washington: "So far so good, but you still have a long way to go."

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Vice President Joe Biden's arrival in Israel, on what was trumpeted as a goodwill visit, became an opportunity to turn the decision by a low-grade civil servant on the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee into an "insult" to the United States of America. The prime minister and government spokesmen took this farce seriously and apologized over and over. It was an unfortunate mistake in "timing" they said, not realizing that the United States objected not to the timing but to any construction in areas of Jerusalem beyond the Green Line.

To make things crystal clear to this slow learner came the humiliations during Netanyahu's visit to Washington and the insistent demands made of him. Make no mistake about it, the Americans have decided on exactly the conditions Israel has to meet to bring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the negotiating table and do not intend to compromise on them.

As a matter of fact, having already communicated these conditions to Abbas, they cannot now move away from them. It should be clear that the Americans also have some very definite ideas on what the final Israeli-Palestinian agreement should look like, and they plan on making Israel sign such an agreement within the next two years. They will not listen to experienced voices saying that this is no way to bring peace to the region.

When officials in the Obama administration are not using strong-arm tactics, they are appealing to the good sense of the Israeli public and the prime minister. The status quo is unsustainable, they say. This simple phrase in incorrect Latin (Menachem Begin, who knew Latin, used to insist that one should say status quo ante, not status quo) seems to have an overpowering effect on audiences. It was used by Biden in his speech at Tel Aviv University, to loud applause, and by Clinton at the AIPAC conference, to somewhat more subdued applause. Even a member of the Netanyahu government has repeated it on occasion.

It is the equivalent of saying "Do something! Do anything! Anything would be better than the current situation." Now that, Israelis well know, is not true. The current situation is far from perfect, like just about everything in the Middle East. But when it is suggested that nothing could be worse, Israelis, who have unfortunately seen worse, and even much worse, find it hard to accept. What Washington is now trying to push down Israel's throat may lead to much worse.

Posted on 03/31/2010 7:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Belgium drafts law to ban burka

From the Daily Mail and Euro News

Belgium is set to become the first European country to impose a full ban on wearing a burkha.  A parliamentary committee in Belgium has unanimously voted to ban the wearing of full face-covering veils in public, paving the way for the first clampdown of its kind in Europe. Officials say that the draft law will probably be put to a vote of the full house on April 22.

If passed, it means burkhas, niqabs and other full face veils would be outlawed from the streets, parks, schools and all public buildings. Belgium's draft law has the backing of all five parties in the nation's coalition government.

As feelings run high, a Muslim teacher in Belgium who has fought a legal battle to wear the veil at school was refused access to her classroom on Tuesday.

A lot can go wrong between now and 22nd April but the will is there.

Posted on 03/31/2010 7:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Musical Interlude: Water Lou (Spike Jones and His City Slickers, voc. Del Porter)

This song was a favorite of someone I vaguely remember -- myself when young (aetatis suae 12).

It holds up.

Listen here.

WATER LOU (DRIP, DRIP, DRIP)
(Del Porter)

Spike Jones & his City Slickers (Vocal: Del Porter) - 1942


Drip! Drip! Drip! (Achoo)

Water Lou, she lives up the river
Water Lou, she makes my heart quiver
A pearl diver's daughter
And she's nuts about the water
Water Lou, drip, drip, drip.

Water Lou, she swims all the channels
Water Lou, she swims in red flannels
She dives like an otter
Takes to water like a blotter
Water Lou, drip, drip, drip.

I paddle up to see her every Sunday mornin'
In my old canoe
And when I paddle home again on Sunday evenin'
I know I've met my Waterloo

Water Lou, she lives with the fishes
Water Lou, her kiss is delicious
I love her with passion
But she's always busy splashin'
Waterloo, drip, drip, drip.

(Spike Jones style Musical Break)

I paddle up to see her every Sunday mornin'
In my old canoe
And when I paddle back again on Sunday evenin'
I know I've met my Waterloo

Oh Water Lou, she drinks only water
Water Lou, that other stuff got `er
Her knees started saggin'
Now she's on the water wagon
Water Lou, drip, drip, drip.

Drip! Drip! Drip! (Achoo)


Posted on 03/31/2010 9:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Cinematic Interlude: How To Eat (Robert Benchley)

Watch, and listen, here.

Posted on 03/31/2010 9:33 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
How To Talk To A Climate Skeptic (Booster Shot)
One More Time: How To Talk to A Climate Skeptic

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic

 

Below is a complete listing of the articles in "How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic," a series by Coby Beck containing responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by:

Individual articles will appear under multiple headings and may even appear in multiple subcategories in the same heading.

Stages of Denial

1.       There's nothing happening

a.       Inadequate evidence

§         There is no evidence

§         One record year is not global warming

§         The temperature record is simply unreliable

§         One hundred years is not enough

§         Glaciers have always grown and receded

§         Warming is due to the Urban Heat Island effect

§         Mauna Loa is a volcano

§         The scientists aren't even sure

b.       Contradictory evidence

§         It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

§         Antarctic ice is growing

§         The satellites show cooling

§         What about mid-century cooling?

§         Global warming stopped in 1998

§         But the glaciers are not melting

§         Antarctic sea ice is increasing

§         Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high

§         Sea level in the Arctic is falling

§         Some sites show cooling

c.        No consensus

§         Global warming is a hoax

§         There is no consensus

§         Position statements hide debate

§         Consensus is collusion

§         Peiser refuted Oreskes

2.       We don't know why it's happening

a.       Models don't work

§         We cannot trust unproven computer models

§         The models don't have clouds

§         If aerosols are blocking the sun, the south should warm faster

§         Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high

b.       Prediction is impossible

§         We can't even predict the weather next week

§         Chaotic systems are not predictable

c.        We can't be sure

§         The modelers won't tell us how confident they are in the models

§         Hansen has been wrong before

§         If we can't understand the past, how can we understand the present?

§         The scientists aren't even sure

§         They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

3.       Climate change is natural

a.       It happened before

§         It was warmer during the Holocene Climatic Optimum

§         The medieval warm period was just as warm as today

§         Greenland used to be green

§         Global warming is nothing new!

§         The hockey stick is broken

§         Vineland was full of grapes

b.       It's part of a natural change

§         Current global warming is just part of a natural cycle

§         Mars and Pluto are warming too

§         CO2 in the air comes mostly from volcanoes

§         The null hypothesis says global warming is natural

§         Climate is always changing

§         Natural emissions dwarf human emissions

§         The CO2 rise is natural

§         Today's warming is just a recovery from the Little Ice Age

c.        It's not caused by CO2

§         Why don't they ever mention water vapor?

§         Water vapor's greenhouse effect overwhelms CO2

§         There is no proof that CO2 is causing global warming

§         Mars and Pluto are warming too

§         CO2 lags, not leads

§         What about mid-century cooling?

§         Geological history does not support CO2's importance

§         Historically, CO2 never caused temperature change

§         It's the sun, stupid

4.       Climate change is not bad

a.       The effects are good

§         A warmer world will be better

b.       The effects are minor

§         Any ice melt will just go into groundwater

c.        Change is normal

5.       Climate change can't be stopped

a.       Too late

§         Kyoto is ineffective

b.       It's someone else's problem

§         Why should the U.S. join Kyoto?

§         The U.S. is a net CO2 sink

c.        Economically infeasible

§         Action on global warming is suicide

Scientific Topics

1.       Temperature

o        There is no evidence

o        The temperature record is simply unreliable

o        One hundred years is not enough

o        Current global warming is just part of a natural cycle

o        A warmer world will be better

o        It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

o        Warming is due to the Urban Heat Island effect

o        The satellites show cooling

o        Global warming stopped in 1998

o        They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

o        Some sites show cooling

2.       Atmosphere

3.       Extreme events

a.       Temperature records

§         One record year is not global warming

§         It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

b.       Storms

c.        Droughts

4.       Cryosphere

 .         Glaciers

§         Glaciers have always grown and receded

§         But the glaciers are not melting

a.       Sea ice

§         Antarctic sea ice is increasing

b.       Ice sheets

§         Antarctic ice is growing

§         Greenland used to be green

§         Any ice melt will just go into groundwater

5.       Oceans

o        Sea level in the Arctic is falling

6.       Modeling

 .         Scenarios

§         Kyoto is ineffective

§         Hansen has been wrong before

a.       Uncertainties

§         We can't even predict the weather next week

§         Chaotic systems are not predictable

§         We cannot trust unproven computer models

§         The modelers won't tell us how confident they are in the models

§         The models don't have clouds

7.       Climate forcings

 .         Solar influences

§         Mars and Pluto are warming too

§         It's the sun, stupid

a.       Greenhouse gases

§         Why don't they ever mention water vapor?

§         Water vapor's greenhouse effect overwhelms CO2

§         There is no proof that CO2 is causing global warming

§         CO2 lags, not leads

§         CO2 in the air comes mostly from volcanoes

§         What about mid-century cooling?

§         Geological history does not support CO2's importance

§         Natural emissions dwarf human emissions

§         Mauna Loa is a volcano

§         The CO2 rise is natural

§         Historically, CO2 never caused temperature change

§         The US is a net CO2 sink

§         Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high

b.       Aerosols

§         What about mid-century cooling?

§         If aerosols are blocking the sun, the south should warm faster

8.       Paleo climate

 .         Holocene

§         It was warmer during the Holocene Climatic Optimum

§         The medieval warm period was just as warm as today

§         Greenland used to be green

§         The hockey stick is broken

§         Vineland was full of grapes

§         Today's warming is just a recovery from the Little Ice Age

a.       Ice ages

§         CO2 lags, not leads

§         Global warming is nothing new!

b.       Geologic history

§         A warmer world will be better

§         Geological history does not support CO2's importance

§         Climate is always changing

§         Historically, CO2 never caused temperature change

§         If we can't understand the past, how can we understand the present?

9.       Scientific process

o        Global warming is a hoax

o        There is no proof that CO2 is causing global warming

o        There is no consensus

o        The null hypothesis says global warming is natural

o        Position statements hide debate

o        If we can't understand the past, how can we understand the present?

o        The scientists aren't even sure

o        Consensus is collusion

o        Peiser refuted Oreskes

Types of Argument

1.       Uninformed

o        There is no evidence

o        One record year is not global warming

o        One hundred years is not enough

o        There is no proof that CO2 is causing global warming

o        A warmer world will be better

o        Action on global warming is suicide

o        There is no consensus

o        We cannot trust unproven computer models

2.       Misinformed

o        It was warmer during the Holocene Climatic Optimum

o        The medieval warm period was just as warm as today

o        Antarctic ice is growing

o        CO2 in the air comes mostly from volcanoes

o        Greenland used to be green

o        The satellites show cooling

o        Natural emissions dwarf human emissions

o        It's the sun, stupid

o        The U.S. is a net CO2 sink

o        But the glaciers are not melting

o        Antarctic sea ice is increasing

o        They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

o        Vineland was full of grapes

3.       Cherry Picking

o        It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

o        Antarctic sea ice is growing

o        The satellites show cooling

o        Global warming stopped in 1998

o        Antarctic sea ice is increasing

o        Vineland was full of grapes

o        Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high

o        The sea level in the Arctic is falling

o        Some sites show cooling

4.       Urban Myths

o        The medieval warm period was just as warm as today

o        CO2 in the air comes mostly from volcanoes

o        Greenland used to be green

o        Hansen has been wrong before

o        They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

o        Vineland was full of grapes

5.       FUD

o        The temperature record is simply unreliable

o        Glaciers have always grown and receded

o        Why don't they ever mention water vapor?

o        Water vapor's greenhouse effect overwhelms CO2

o        Current global warming is just part of a natural cycle

o        Kyoto is ineffective

o        Mars and Pluto are warming too

o        It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

o        CO2 lags, not leads

o        There is no consensus

o        Antarctic ice is growing

o        Warming is due to the Urban Heat Island effect

o        We can't even predict the weather next week

o        Chaotic systems are not predictable

o        What about mid-century cooling?

o        The null hypothesis says global warming is natural

o        Geological history does not support CO2's importance

o        Climate is always changing

o        Natural emissions dwarf human emissions

o        Mauna Loa is a volcano

o        Global warming is nothing new!

o        The CO2 rise is natural

o        The hockey stick is broken

o        Historically, CO2 never caused temperature change

o        The models don't have clouds

o        Global warming stopped in 1998

o        If we can't understand the past, how can we understand the present?

o        If aerosols are blocking the sun, the south should warm faster

o        The scientists aren't even sure

o        Antarctic sea ice is increasing

o        Peiser refuted Oreskes

o        Vineland was full of grapes

o        Observations Show Climate Sensitivity Is Not Very High

o        Sea level in the Arctic is falling

o        Today's warming is just a recovery from the Little Ice Age

6.       Non Scientific

o        Global warming is a hoax

o        Kyoto is ineffective

o        Why should the U.S. join Kyoto?

o        The modelers won't tell us how confident they are in the models

o        Hansen has been wrong before

o        Position statements hide debate

o        The scientists aren't even sure

o        Consensus is collusion

o        They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

7.       Underdog Theories

8.       Crackpottery

o        Any ice melt will just go into groundwater

Levels of Sophistication

1.       Silly

o        There is no evidence

o        Global warming is a hoax

o        One record year is not global warming

o        Action on global warming is suicide

o        Mars and Pluto are warming too

o        Mauna Loa is a volcano

o        Any ice melt will just go into groundwater

o        The modelers won't tell us how confident they are in the models

2.       Naive

o        One hundred years is not enough

o        Glaciers have always grown and receded

o        Why should the U.S. join Kyoto?

o        It's cold today in Wagga Wagga

o        CO2 in the air comes mostly from volcanoes

o        We can't even predict the weather next week

o        We can not trust unproven computer models

o        The satellites show cooling

o        Natural emissions dwarf human emissions

o        The models don't have clouds

o        Global warming stopped in 1998

o        It's the sun, stupid

o        If we can't understand the past, how can we understand the present?

o        The scientists aren't even sure

o        Vineland was full of grapes

o        Some sites show cooling

3.       Specious

o        The temperature record is simply unreliable

o        Why don't they ever mention water vapor?

o        There is no proof that CO2 is causing global warming

o        Current global warming is just part of a natural cycle

o        It was warmer during the Holocene Climatic Optimum

o        The medieval warm period was just as warm as today

o        A warmer world will be better

o        Kyoto is ineffective

o        CO2 lags, not leads

o        There is no consensus

o        Antarctic ice is growing

o        Warming is due to the Urban Heat Island effect

o        Greenland used to be green

o        What about mid-century cooling?

o        The null hypothesis says global warming is natural

o        Geological history does not support CO2's importance

o        Climate is always changing

o        Global warming is nothing new!

o        The CO2 rise is natural

o        Historically, CO2 never causes temperature change

o        Hansen has been wrong before

o        Position statements hide debate

o        The U.S. is a net CO2 sink

o        But the glaciers are not melting

o        If aerosols are blocking the sun, the south should warm faster

o        Antarctic sea ice is increasing

o        Consensus is collusion

o        They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

o        Peiser refuted Oreskes

o        Vineland was full of grapes

4.       Scientific

o        Water vapor's greenhouse effect overwhelms CO2

o        Chaotic systems are not predictable

o        The hockey stick is broken

o        Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high

o        Sea level in the Arctic is falling

o        Today's warming is just a recovery from the Little Ice Age

Posted on 03/31/2010 10:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
There is Nothing Final About the Death of God
by Richard L. Rubenstein (April 2010)


I
n November 2005 I received word that my first-born son, age 57, had a malignant brain tumor. I kept in touch with him by visits and telephone. By midwinter 2006-2007 he could no longer speak. Breathing had become difficult although he could understand what was said to him. Nevertheless, he fought to stay alive to be with  his wife Carol, to whom he was devoted, but she knew his time had come, an opinion shared by his doctor. On February 5, 2007, she asked me by phone: “Please tell him it’s all right to die.” more>>>


Posted on 03/31/2010 3:45 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Instances and General Ideas: Parts and Wholes

by Thomas J. Scheff (April 2010)

 
 Art and science cannot exist but in minutely organized particulars.
                            ---   William Blake, c.1803–1820
 
Abstract: One possible direction toward better understanding the human condition may be developing clear definitions of basic ideas. Connecting parts and wholes, as suggested by Spinoza, implies moving back and forth between concrete instances and abstract concepts to enrich our understanding of both instances and concepts. Blake expressed a related idea in a single sentence. Perhaps it can also serve as a transitional method between descriptive and systematic studies. The advantage of changing to the part/whole method is illustrated by the 44 years it took me to give the concept of normalization its rightful part of labeling theory. Most studies focus on either parts or wholes. However, some are described that seem to balance between them. more>>>

 

Posted on 03/31/2010 3:55 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Vichy Rising
 

by Rebecca Bynum (April 2010)

The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism

By Theodore Dalrymple
Encounter Books, 2010
160 pages
 

Anthony Daniels writing as Theodore Dalrymple is a humanist in the best and truest sense of the word. When reading him, one has the impression Dr. Dalrymple bears a deep love for human beings as they are, even if he also desires to change our minds about certain issues, knowing that ideas and attitudes are prime movers in societal matters.  more>>>

Posted on 03/31/2010 3:59 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Dogmatic Islamophilia of Western Islamologists
by Ibn Warraq (April 2010)


Consider the following remarks, and try to guess in what sort of publication they might have first appeared:

              “Archaeologists increasingly have questioned accepted assumptions about biblical history and the biblical narrative….”

              “Archaeological finds, however, at times call into question the historicity of the biblical narrative. For instance, some archaeological sites seem to deny Joshua’s alleged conquest of Canaan by showing neither a destruction layer nor traces of walls nor even settlement from that era (e.g., Jericho, Ai). Realizing the highly theological and literary character of the Book of Joshua, some scholars have concluded that its accounts are selective and biased, having minimal historical value in reconstructing the events of the past.” more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:07 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Czechoslovakization of Israel by Obama
by Jerry Gordon (April 2010)


A crisis arose between Washington and Jerusalem during a visit to Israel by US Vice President Biden. Simultaneous with his visit the Israeli Interior Ministry announced approval of the fourth stage in the process of building 1600 new apartment units for poor Orthodox Jews in the Ramat Shlomo development located in north Jerusalem. The Ramat Shlomo project has been in existence since 1995. The Obama Administration erupted in scathing attacks against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for “insulting” Vice President Biden and imperiling the flagging peace process by building “settlements” in East Jerusalem. This crisis erupted as Washington was about to dispatch Special Envoy former US Senator George Mitchell to hold so-called ‘proximity talks’ between Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah and the Netanyahu government in Jerusalem. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:11 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
It Has Already Happened Here
by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2010)


It Can't Happen Here was a best-selling satirical political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. It aroused considerable controversy when published and in the years leading up to World War II. The plot featured the account of a crusading newspaperman Doremus Jessup, struggling against the newly elected fascist regime of President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a populist leader whom some observers on the political Right assumed was a parody of FDR while others, particularly on the political Left rejected the possibility that a “popular” leader of the Democratic Party could possibly lead the country into a Fascist regime. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:16 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The “Jerusalem Question”
by Nidra Poller (April 2010)

Jerusalem, eternal city and eternal flashpoint! The text that follows, written in July 2000, stands as the prologue to “Notes from a Simple Citizen,” a chronicle of the first years of the 21st century that got off to an explosive start with the al Dura blood libel, the “Al Aqsa Intifada,” 9/11… The chronicle has not been published yet. I was told, by two literary agents who wished to represent me, that publishers didn’t like that kind of format. They advised me to recompose the material into a more traditional work of non-fiction that would, necessarily, look back on those years in retrospect. I don’t mention this for the purpose of making the agents look ridiculous, but only to explain why it hasn't been made available to readers. An e-version of "Notes" will be available shortly. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:20 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Why are Virginia democratic Officials attending the Dar al Hijrah Islamic center annual Dinner?
 
The Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia is a radical Mosque and notorious spawning ground for home grown Islamic terrorists. Witness the attendance at Dar al Hijrah by Fort Hood mass shooter and lone Jihadi, Maj. Nidal Hasan. Significantly,  American born Yemeni Sheik Anwar Al-Awlaki  preached there and had connections to several of the 9/11 perpetrators. He recruited foiled Christmas Day airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and others connected with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. So why are several Democratic elected officials, both Members of Congress and Fairfax County Officials, attending the annual dinner on Saturday, April 3rd at Dar al Hijrah? 
To find out more watch this important video produced by the Center for Security Policy (CSP). If you are outraged then contact these Democratic officials and ask them why they are attending this event organized by a group with Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda affiliations. 
On February 17th, the CSP sent information about the Dar al Hijrah terrorist connections to the following invited Democratic officials:
·         Tim Kaine, Former Virginia Governor, now Democratic National Chairman
·         James Webb, US Senator
·         Gerry Connelly, US Rep. (former Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors & supporter of the Islamic Saudi Academy, whose hate texts were the subject of protests in 2008 and 2009)
·         Jim Moran, US Rep. (who has been accused of holding  anti-Semitic views)
·         Kaye Kory, Virginia House Delegate
·         Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
·         Penny Gross, Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Only two Virginia Democrats, US Senator James Webb and Virginia House delegate Kaye Kory asked that their invitations be withdrawn. As of March 28th, Kaine, Connelly, Moran, Bulova and Gross when contacted indicated that they had either no comment or had not yet responded. Virginians should ask themselves why these Democrats should be re-elected to public office, as it appears that they don’t recognize the clear and present danger of home grown terrorists in our midst and the radical Islamic elements that foster hatred of all Americans. These officials wouldn’t think twice about rejecting an invitation to a Neo Nazi or white Aryan Nation group sponsored event. So why are they mindlessly accepting an invitation from the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center that espouses doctrinal Islamic hatred of Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and the seditious replacement of our Constitution with Islamic Sharia denying basic human and civil rights. 
After watching this CSP YouTube video contact these Democratic officials and ask them to respond to their constituents and other concerned Americans about supporting an extremist Islamic center which enabled perpetrators on 9/11 that  killed thousands here in America.

Posted on 03/31/2010 4:13 PM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Shipwreck of their Faith
by Dexter Van Zile (April 2010)
 

On Martin Luther King Sunday in 2005, I attended the worship service at Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. The church was hosting a presentation by an activist from Boston-to-Palestine (
B2P), a group that has recruited college students to participate in protests in the West Bank organized by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). I could have skipped the Sunday service and gone straight to the B2P presentation held in the church basement afterwards, but I wanted to get a sense of what type of congregation would play host to an activist from a movement whose leaders condoned Palestinian violence during the Second Intifada and whose members have partied with terrorists from Al Aksa Martyr’s Brigade. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:24 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Palestinian “Kairos” Document: A Behind-the-Scenes Analysis
by Malcolm Lowe (April 2010)


The self-styled “Kairos Palestine” document was launched in Bethlehem on December 11, 2009 by a panel chaired by the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah. It was quickly made available in Arabic and several European languages at the dedicated website www.kairospalestine.ps. The secretariat of the World Council of Churches (WCC) was quick to disseminate it, especially among Protestant churches worldwide. This was no accident, since the WCC secretariat was heavily involved in the gestation of this document as part of its long-term program to promote Palestinian political aims.  more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:30 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
by Geoffrey Clarfield (April 2010)
 

I am looking out across the Rio Plata, the widest river in the world. In the distance I can make out the shores of Uruguay, more than two hundred miles away. The river is light brown. I am told it is a shallow river with hardly a wave or ripple, as far as the eye can see. On weekends residents of Buenos Aires sail its waters for pleasure and return to their yacht clubs for their “asado,” the traditional Argentine barbeque where from modern Canadian standards, enormous amounts of beef are consumed by all assembled. It is a red meat eating nation where there are at least two cows for each of the country’s thirty million people. Vegetarians are few and far between. Not surprisingly, one of Argentina’s latest film successes is about the owner of a restaurant in Buenos Aires. (In Spanish the master of the barbeque is called an “asador” as the master of a bullfight is called a “matador” and there are entire books dedicated to the art.) more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:37 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Ignore Indian Events at Our Own Peril
by Richard L. Benkin (April 2010)
 

For the past year, I have been saying that the political center in India is collapsing. The re-election of the left-center Congress Party last year only masked this inevitable decline and had more to do with political dynamics in India and the fact that India has remained relatively unscathed from the recent world economic collapse. The finale might not come this year, or maybe even next; but it is coming, and when it does it will be with an explosion heard around the world. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:42 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Eating Our Words
by Mary Jackson (April 2010)

I have observed before that the word “plight” has become devalued by its association with the “Palestinians”. Their “plight” consists in not suffering the consequences of their own actions and of Islam, cushioned as they are by Western largesse. A recent piece at Pajamasmedia
has the tagline: “The plight of the Uighurs is beginning to inflame Muslim populations”. That does it for me and “plight” – it is but another tool in the arsenal of combustible Muslims. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:47 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Architecture and Tradition
by David Hamilton (April 2010)


As you walk around English towns and cities you are struck by the masses of cranes bobbing in the sky. What these suggest is our town and city-scapes (urbiscapes) are being changed into something different. The architecture and the character of our towns and cities are part of our inherited culture. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 4:59 PM by NER
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Life Is a CAIR-baret, Old Chum: An Interview with Activist “Max Vonheune”
by Jerry Gordon with “Max Vonheune” (April 2010)
 

In Mid-March,
Tom Trento, executive director of the Florida Security Council, sent out an email alert seeking activists in the Philadelphia area bold enough to attend a press conference by the local chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – a Muslim Brotherhood front. The Philadelphia CAIR chapter was protesting a worthy project of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) – the publication of The World of Islam, a series of books for middle-to-high school students by Mason Crest, Publishers, of Bromall, Pennsylvania. The World of Islam series, authored by eminent scholars, portrays a definitive, realistic and, dare we say, less airbrushed treatment of the beliefs, history and practices of a major world faith. Because the FPRI-sponsored series on Islam endeavored to portray a more balanced depiction of Islam than that contained in most world history texts from major US publishers, the Philadelphia CAIR chapter took it upon itself to hold a press conference criticizing The World of Islam. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2010 5:04 PM by NER
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