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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
We Have No Winner
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Although we had many entries, no one won the crossword puzzle contest for March. We will roll over the prize, an autographed copy of Richard L. Rubenstein's Jihad and Genocide, and offer it again in April.

Keep playing everyone!

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Posted on 03/31/2010 6:00 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Victory at Quito
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by Mark Signorelli (April 2010)


Down the mountain pass to Quijos
 In the quarter of the north,
The captain Benalcázar
 And his squad came rushing forth,
With their old world armor gleaming
 Down the length of their hot train,
And their snapping flags declaring
 All the pride of martial Spain. more>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 5:27 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
One Night in Copenhagen
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by Mark Signorelli (April 2010)


Kierkegaard and Regina Meet a Final Time
 

“God keep you,” she said, and nervously paused before him –
She had been his betrothed and beloved, let her heart adore him
Without restraint, but that was before the day
He abandoned her to pursue in his singular way
The truth of things, and bring profit to all mankind
By the sum of his writings – at least, so it seemed to his mind.
Now she stood before this man for a final time  more>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 5:17 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Siblinghood of Personkind
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax (April 2010)


A few weeks ago I settled down to re-read JB Priestley’s The Good Companions.
The book was published in 1929 and is set in real time, say the previous year, and my copy, bought from a second hand bookstall at the Brick Lane end of Petticoat Lane in the 70s is the Crown Library edition published 1931. For a book that is 79 years old it is in much better condition than books on the same shelf that I purchased new in the 1990s. more>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 5:09 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Life Is a CAIR-baret, Old Chum: An Interview with Activist �Max Vonheune�
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 5:04 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Architecture and Tradition
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:59 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Eating Our Words
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:47 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Ignore Indian Events at Our Own Peril
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:42 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Don�t Cry for Me Argentina
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:37 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Palestinian �Kairos� Document: A Behind-the-Scenes Analysis
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:30 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Shipwreck of their Faith
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:24 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Why are Virginia democratic Officials attending the Dar al Hijrah Islamic center annual Dinner?
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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.

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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:13 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The �Jerusalem Question�
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:20 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
It Has Already Happened Here
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:16 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Czechoslovakization of Israel by Obama
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:11 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Dogmatic Islamophilia of Western Islamologists
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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>>>
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Posted on 03/31/2010 4:07 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Vichy Rising
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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>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2010 3:59 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Instances and General Ideas: Parts and Wholes
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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>>>

 

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Posted on 03/31/2010 3:55 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
There is Nothing Final About the Death of God
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by Richard L. Rubenstein (April 2010)


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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>>>


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Posted on 03/31/2010 3:45 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
How To Talk To A Climate Skeptic (Booster Shot)
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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

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Posted on 03/31/2010 10:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Cinematic Interlude: How To Eat (Robert Benchley)
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 03/31/2010 9:33 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A Musical Interlude: Water Lou (Spike Jones and His City Slickers, voc. Del Porter)
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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)


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Posted on 03/31/2010 9:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Belgium drafts law to ban burka
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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.

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Posted on 03/31/2010 7:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Moshe Arens On The Israel-Obama Administration Impasse
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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.

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Posted on 03/31/2010 7:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Geert Wilders as a "Right-Wing Populist"
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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."

 

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Posted on 03/31/2010 6:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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