A new Gallup poll finds that “climate change” or whatever disguise that movement is hiding in lately just is not a top concern for American voters.
On a list of 15 national issues, climate change ranks near the bottom with only 24 percent worrying about it “a great deal.”
About half, or 51 percent, said they only worry about climate change a little or not at all.
The poll comes just a day after Senate Democrats wrapped up an all-night talk-a-thon in which they pushed for Congress to tackle climate change.
The Democrats who organized that talk-a-thon were misguided in thinking that merely talking about something for a long time makes it go viral. They were trying to emulate previously successful talk-a-thons by Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. But those talk-fests were not creatures of their party; both grew up organically out of the senators’ real concerns over the issues they addressed. The Democrats tried manufacturing a similar event and just ended up wasting their time. No one paid them any attention at all, not even their slavish media allies.
For the Democrats and the climate change panic brigades, their moment may be ending. Concern over the environment peaked in 2007, and Democrats took total control with Obama’s election in 2008. Obama came in pledging to lower the seas and reverse the warming (which wasn’t really happening, according to the data that came out during 2009′s Climategate and afterward). Obama and his cohort had full control of Washington for the next two years yet accomplished little on climate beyond pushing some seriously misguided regulations through the EPA. Now they have lost the House, Obama is discredited and unpopular, and the Democrats are poised to lose the Senate as well. This week’s talk-a-thon, as pathetic as it was, may be turn out to be the high-water mark for “climate change” politics for a generation.
On CSPAN this morning, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) took a call from a 9-11 Truther. She used the moment to suggest that Truthers have a point.
The caller began the sequence, saying “I have been watching your show, and it is sad to know that you have silenced the voices that talk about building seven on 9/11.” CSPAN’s host defended the network, saying that it has not silenced the Truthers.
Sanchez responded: “I think it is a good thing for people to push and suggest there might be other answers. Honestly, the best information we get comes from constituents who tell us, have you seen this, that document. We have found out a lot of things that way.”
Sanchez did not go into detail regarding what helpful hints about 9-11 that Truthers have brought to her or other representatives.
9-11 is one of the most investigated events in history. The FBI’s investigation alone was the agency’s largest in its history. Truthers suggest a variety of discredited theories, ranging from the entire terrorist attack being a inside job, to the Bush administration allowing it to happen so that it could push for wars it already wanted and to push for increased domestic surveillance. The evidence is not on their side, to say the least.
Prominent Democrats including former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean have openly flirted with Truther conspiracy theories in the past.
Founded in 2011, Artemis is a startup working on pCell, a new wireless standard that it thinks could leapfrog 4G altogether.
Like any new, potentially disruptive technology, pCell has a ton of hype and uncertainty around it. We’ve put together the following guide to pCell for those who want to know more without any of the confusion or tricky marketing language.
What is pCell?
Cell towers as we know them today can be visualized as giant umbrella tops. You deploy them, and they broadcast a bubble of reception that gets weaker as you get farther away. They have to be far enough away from each other so as to not cause interference, but close enough together that you can move between their areas of coverage and still have cell service. If you have too many people in one place, their data use can bog down a tower for everyone.
Artemis’ technology takes a very different direction. Rather than carefully spacing out a relatively small number of towers, Artemis wants to deploy a massive number of boxes the size of routers — called “pWaves” — that will provide much better service to a much smaller area.
Rather than working against interference, pCell embraces the collision of radio waves. By combining the incoming signals from several of the pWave base stations, each pCell user is given the equivalent of their own “personal cell” (hence the name) — which basically means getting full bars of LTE at all times becomes the new standard, while “good” signal strength means getting a signal that’s as much as 1,000 times faster than what we’re all used to.
It is a semantic trick that liberal puppet masters have been employing ever since the Climate Church had to stop saying “global warming”. Anyone who doesn’t buy the uber-hysterical view that light bulbs and toasters are mere days away from whooshing drowning polar bears through the streets of Manhattan is accused of heresy and branded a “climate denier”.
That’s right, none of us believe in climate.
This is an easy thing to pull off when the demographic that you are attempting to control gobbles up whatever crumbs are tossed to them by the information arm of your totalitarian venture.
The discussion, of course, is not about whether climate changes. In fact, we “deniers” are the only ones who seem to be acknowledging that it always has. We question what the influences are. We question why people who claim to be fans of science keep pretending that this subject is settled, even when there is ample evidence that the contrary is so.
Mostly we question how so many remarkably stupid people continue to fancy themselves intelligent.
With little fanfare and quite a bit of applause, NSA leaker Edward Snowden virtually took the stage and addressed the attendees of SXSW and the world. Snowden appeared live via satellite from an undisclosed location in Russia, using a greenscreen background evidently to conceal his whereabouts in Russia where he has been granted asylum since August 2013. Instead of revealing his location, Snowden used a graphic of the Declaration of Independence as his backdrop. The conversation was hosted via Google Hangouts.
The event began with a question: Why did Snowden choose to address SXSW? He answered that the technological leaders and developers represented at SXSW could enforce our privacy rights via technological standards.
Snowden advocated using end to end software encryption to defeat the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance. The aim, he said, is to make mass surveillance too expensive and difficult for government agencies to engage in.
Much of the conversation with Snowden veered off into the weeds of discussing the use of personal security apps to defeat the NSA. The technical ability to find, install and use those apps is beyond probably 98% or more Internet users at this point. One of the hosts suggested that Internet service companies could offer encrypted communications for an additional charge. Snowden countered that companies like Google could also elect not to hold the data they gather on users once that data’s business purpose has been fulfilled. Disposing of that data would render mass surveillance more difficult.
Snowden accused two American officials of doing more damage to national security via surveillance than anyone else: NSA directors Michael Hayden and Keith Alexander. Snowden said that both are guilty of reorienting the NSA from cyber defense to attack, compromising America’s edge in intellectual property and cyber security. Snowden argued that his leaks have not harmed national secuity, but have improved national security. Snowden and the ACLU chief technologist on the stage, Chris Soghoian, agreed that the U.S. government has prioritized data gathering over cyber security. This weakens our cyber security against geopolitical foes with extensive hacking and cyber attack capabilities, like China.
Snowden brought up two cases in which mass surveillance ended up missing obvious, reported terror threats. While the NSA was hacking Google to get at metadata, Snowden said, U.S. intelligence missed both the Boston bombers and the underwear bomber. In both of those cases, U.S. intelligence had been warned that the specific individuals were a threat. Yet no action was taken against them to prevent their attacks. Meanwhile, NSA was scooping up metadata from Americans’ cell phones and Internet use. Soghoian said that the NSA knows who has called an abortion clinic or gay book store, but misses terrorists plotting attacks.
As great as it can be to be a conservative at CPAC, it tends to be a weekend of preaching to the choir. Well, that, and getting smeared by the dishonest media.
Media could just as easily stroll around Austin this weekend and mock the self-important, the hipster, the thousands upon thousands of conventioneers who occupy every couch, beanbag, stool and crevice to do exactly what they would be doing if they were at home — namely, burying their heads in their laptops and shutting out the rest of the world. If you’re looking for stereotypes, the city and SXSW are full of them — the non-conformist who wears the same little porkpie hat that every other non-conformist wears, the anti-corporate type checking into Facebook on his iPhone or Galaxy, the libertarian start-up dreamer who espouses every single anti-business leftwing trope known to humanity. They’re all here.
But so are the corporations.
And the networks.
Seth Meyers’ booth/tent lets you rent bikes to get around town, which is pretty helpful. SXSW has brought a couple hundred thousand extra people here, and the roads aren’t even built to handle Austin’s normal traffic. Parking is insane. A free bike is handy.
Anyway, the media won’t mock any of this and it won’t note the corporate-indie conflict or just make fun of some of the more obvious oddities of the whole thing. The corporations are here and the indie start-ups are here, somewhere, and the politics of the place has a distinctively leftish point of view, which doesn’t make a lot of sense if you think about it. The left these days is all about conformity and one-size-fits-all. The left looks at bankrupt California and successful Texas and wants to force the latter to become more like the former, instead of allowing for differences or admitting that its way isn’t working. Tech is about doing whatever works, and then making that work better or in some new way. Tech development is about freedom. The left, and the politics the left has brought to SXSW, are not about freedom at all.
NASA’s Morpheus is a prototype planetary lander. It looks like something out of classic sci-fi movies. But it’s real.
Here’s video from its latest test flight, at the Kennedy Space Center.
The geek in me is in love with that thing.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s power to formulate regulations without Congressional authorization is the subject of a case currently being decided in the US Supreme Court. Justices have voiced skepticism that the EPA even has such power. But that isn’t slowing the agency down, nor is the rapidly developing situation in Ukraine. The EPA is reportedly set to announce yet another round of unilaterally-imposed sanctions on the US economy.
The Environmental Protection Agency will reportedly announce a new rule Monday that requires oil refiners to strip even more sulfur molecules from American gasoline blends.
The New York Times reports that the new rule will require oil refiners to install new equipment and carmakers to install newer, cleaner fuel-burning technology in engines. The EPA estimates that the cost of gasoline will be raised by two-thirds of a cent per gallon as a result of the new regulations, while the sticker price of a car will be increased by $75.
The former estimate is disputed by Charles Drevna, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers lobbying group. Drevna claims that the price of gasoline could rise by up to 9 cents per gallon.
“I don’t know what model [the EPA] uses,” Drevna told The Times. “The math doesn’t add up.”
That’s the story of the Obama administration: The math doesn’t add up.
The opposition to building the Keystone pipeline is shrinking by the day. Another former Obama adviser has come out in favor of building it.
Marcia McNutt, prominent scientist, former head of the U.S. Geological Survey, and now the editor-in-chief of Science magazine writes in aneditorial [subscription required]:
I drive a hybrid car and set my thermostat at 80°F in the Washington, DC, summer. I use public transportation to commute to my office, located in a building given “platinum” design status by the U.S. Green Building Council. The electric meter on my house runs backward most months of the year, thanks to a large installation of solar panels. I am committed to doing my part to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and minimize global warming. At the same time, I believe it is time to move forward on the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from the tar sands deposits of Alberta, Canada, and from the Williston Basin in Montana and North Dakota to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Former Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon have previously left the administration and then come out in favor of building the Keystone.
h/t US Chamber of Commerce
A review of NASA security in the wake of last year’s arrest of a Chinese national accused of spying revealed flaws that took one lawmaker “aback,” but the damning report is being kept out of the public eye.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, requested the review after the March 2013 arrest of National Institute of Aerospace contractor Bo Jiang as he attempted to leave the country at Dulles International Airport.
According to the arrest warrant and criminal complaint, Jiang lived a few blocks from Naval Station Norfolk. On March 13, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into “conspiracies and substantive violations” of the Arms Export Control Act.
Two days later, agents learned Jiang had “abruptly” bought a one-way ticket back to China. He had boarded the flight at Dulles when agents stopped him and searched his belongings, finding more tech items on Jiang than he claimed to officials, including a second laptop computer, a SIM card, and an old hard drive.
The complaint noted that Jiang previously flew back to China once with a laptop belonging to NASA believed to have contained sensitive information.
Prosecutors later said they didn’t find any sensitive information on the devices that Jiang had on him at the time of his March arrest, and he pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor charge of using his NASA laptop to download porn. He was then ordered to leave the country.
Jiang got his Ph.D. at Old Dominion before joining the National Institute of Aerospace as a research scholar at NASA Langley in January 2011. His title changed to research scientist in October 2012. In both positions, he worked on NASA’s aviation safety program.
Whistleblowers concerned about security breaches at NASA facilities had tipped off Wolf about Jiang and other employees. The FBI then began its investigation into the Chinese national, who came to the country in 2007.
Wolf said at the time of the bargain with prosecutors that they still weren’t addressing what may have been on the laptop Jiang took to China in December or why a NASA laptop was provided to a foreign national in the first place.
In March, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden appeared before Wolf’s committee and admitted that about 280 foreign nationals deemed security threats were working at NASA facilities. Wolf called for Bolden to appoint an outside panel to review foreign national access and export controls while stripping access for all foreign nationals with ties to suspect organizations or foreign governments.
“Last year, after learning of security violations at NASA’s Ames and Langley research centers, I called on Administrator Bolden to commission a comprehensive, independent review of the agency’s security, export control and access to NASA property by foreign nationals,” Wolf said Wednesday evening.
NASA contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration to conduct a review of its foreign national operations. All that’s publicly accessible from the report, issued by a panel helmed by former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh (R), is the executive summary.
In all, the review panel issued 27 recommendations, including managing the access of foreign nationals as a program, better control of centers employing foreign nationals by NASA headquarters, and correcting longstanding information technology security issues.
Last week, Bolden fired off a three-page letter to Thornburgh thanking him for the review yet disputing several findings or recommendations in the report. “NASA’s counterintelligence program is focused on Agency assets, and by retaining the existing reporting structure, we ensure a standardized and consistent program across the Agency,” Bolden wrote.
“Frankly, I was taken aback at the breadth and depth of security challenges identified across NASA and I am deeply disappointed the agency has restricted access to the report,” Wolf said. “The report should be made public as soon as possible, with any necessary redactions in the interest of national security, because it confirms not only the serious security challenges that need to be addressed, but a persistent organizational culture that fails to hold center leadership, employees and contractors accountable for security violations. This must change.”
“The U.S. intelligence community has made clear that we face unprecedented cyber and espionage threats, especially from countries seeking to steal cutting-edge aerospace technology which often has military applications,” the congressman added. “It is imperative that NASA secure its key assets and instill a culture of accountability when security violations occur.”
Wolf noted that he added language in the FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill requiring NASA to provide Congress with quarterly reports on the status of its implementation of the report’s recommendations.
“I look forward to discussing this further at my subcommittee’s hearing with Administrator Bolden in March,” he said.
Kids of a certain age remember ads for Amazing Live Sea Monkeys. They ran in the backs of comic books. The ads promised that Amazing Live Sea Monkeys would hatch, grow, and become your friends.
Amazing Live Sea Monkeys were supposed to be so amazing that they even had their own Saturday morning show.
And a video game.
When Barack Obama burst into American politics, he promised to be a different kind of politician. He promised Hope. And Change.
The media were smitten.
Hollywood couldn’t get enough of him.
Despite their skepticism of the young, inexperienced senator, many Americans fell in love too.
And he was elected President of the United States. Twice.
I’m seeing a lot of wrangling over the recent (15+ year) pause in global average warming…when did it start, is it a full pause, shouldn’t we be taking the longer view, etc.
These are all interesting exercises, but they miss the most important point: the climate models that governments base policy decisions on have failed miserably.
I’ve updated our comparison of 90 climate models versus observations for global average surface temperatures through 2013, and we still see that >95% of the models have over-forecast the warming trend since 1979, whether we use their own surface temperature dataset (HadCRUT4), or our satellite dataset of lower tropospheric temperatures (UAH)
This is obviously the work of some Right Wing Nutjob fringe conspiracy site, right, lefties? Oh wait…he’s a former NASA climatologist. And he is not the only prominent one who dares to speak the obvious.
When one argues with a devout member of the Climate Change Church, one hears about “SCIENCE!” ad nauseam. While computer modeling does play an important role, it isn’t “settled”, as a droning former vice-president is fond of saying. They’re speculative and, in this case, overwhelmingly wrong.
Unfortunately, the grant money is still going to the people who want to dislocate their shoulders trying to fit the square peg into the round hole so we’ll be hearing the “Settled!” chorus for quite some time to come.
Republican leaders on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee last week introduced a bill intended to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing regulations based upon “secret science.”
The committee will hear testimony from scientists and research officials tomorrow at a hearing on the legislation, but no one from the EPA is scheduled to face Congress.
The bill was introduced by Environment Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and cosponsored by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
“The Secret Science Reform Act ends costly EPA rulemaking from happening behind closed doors and out of public view. Public policy should come from public data, not based on the whims of far-left environmental groups,” Schweikert said.
“For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions,” he added. “This common-sense legislation forces the EPA to be transparent and accountable with their findings.”
The bill states “The Administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is (A) specifically identified; and (B) publicly available in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.”
It’s a unified effort by Science Committee Republicans, with original co-sponsors including Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Research and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Chairman Emeritus Ralph Hall (R-Texas), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Energy Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Vice Chairman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas).
“Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama administration has been justified by nontransparent data and unverifiable claims,” Smith said. “The American people foot the bill for EPA’s costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly environmental regulations should be based on publicly available data so that independent scientists can verify the EPA’s claims.”
In December 2013, Google snapped up Boston Dynamics. You probably haven’t heard of that company. It makes terrifying robots that look like this:
That thing is called WildCat, and it’s designed to run fast on all kinds of terrain, while looking like something you had nightmares about when you were a kid. WildCat is being developed via DARPA funding. That’s the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Boston Dynamics was one of eight robotics companies that Google recently bought, along with Nest, which makes Internet-connected thermostat controls.
Boston Dynamics also makes this freaky thing, the Atlas. Atlas is also a DARPA project.
We have the beginnings of a droid army here. In the Star Wars universe, droids’ main weakness was their inability to think creatively. Well, other than R2-D2, but you’re not supposed to notice that droid thinking creatively all the time, making hash of the droids-can’t-think issue. The emperor secretly had the clone army built because the droids were just too predictable and lacked tactical awareness. Except R2-D2.
Google apparently doesn’t want to be tripped up by the same problem. Or it wants to build its own walking, running, DoD-funded R2-D2.
Today, Google reportedly added to its curious acquisitions with the purchase of a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind.
Though DeepMind may not be a household name in tech, sources in the artificial intelligence community describe the company as a formidable AI player and say it has been aggressively recruiting in the space. One source said DeepMind has a team of at least 50 people and has secured more than $50 million in funding. This person described DeepMind as “the last large independent company with a strong focus on artificial intelligence,” and said it competed with companies like Google, Facebook and Baidu for talent.
Marry up Atlas and WildCat with DeepMind and the dumb droid problem may go away.
Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of US demand for cheap China-manufactured goods.
On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil fuels in China can account for as much as a quarter of sulphate pollution in the western United States, a team of Chinese and American researchers said in the report published by the US National Academy of Sciences, a non-profit society of scholars.
Cities like Los Angeles received at least an extra day of smog a year from nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide from China’s export-dependent factories, it said.
This information, true or not (the NAS is a big Climate Church propagandist organization these days), will probably be used to justify some nonsensical restrictions businesses here that do absolutely nothing to mitigate the actual problem. If I had written that a few years ago you’d all be calling me a conspiracy nut.
But you’ve met this president’s EPA.
For the second year in a row, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects have declined worldwide by 12% to a total of $254 billion in 2013 (from $289 billion in 2012 and $318 billion in 2011), according to the latest numbers from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which has been tracking comprehensive global investment data since 2004. This total is half the IEA’s estimate that $500 billion a year is needed by 2020 and a quarter of the $1 trillion goal by 2030. Ceres, an organization that mobilizes investors to take action on climate change, calls this the “clean trillion” gap.
You can see from the chart below that the money was flowing in when Team Lightbringer was burning taxpayer dollars on greendoggle schemes faster than a 1960 pickup goes through gas. If The Idiot King hadn’t overreached, there might not have been much to talk about. But he wouldn’t (still doesn’t, actually) shut up about and threw away some hard-earned taxpayer cash at a time when the economy and real Americans were suffering. Then much of it failed spectacularly.
Who wouldn’t be more cautious? Oh yeah, politicians.
NEW DELHI: India marked three years since its last reported polio case Monday, meaning it will soon be certified as having defeated the ancient scourge in a huge advance for global eradication efforts.
India’s polio programme is one of the country’s biggest public health success stories, achieving something once thought impossible thanks to a massive and sustained vaccination programme.
Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with global groups who have been working to eradicate the virus, hailed Monday’s anniversary as “a monumental milestone”.
While vaccines have a proven history of doing things like, oh, wiping out diseases, a cult of medical Luddites has grown in the US barking about vaccinations being the cause of autism and McCarthy has been the loudest. One little problem: there isn’t any proof that this is the case.
Sadly, we live in an era when a woman who got famous by getting naked for a camera can influence health choices people will make for their children.
You ever just feel like we’re all in a hidden-camera horror movie?
Three studies published Monday add to multivitamins’ bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn’t help people who had had one heart attack avoid another.
“Enough is enough,” declares an editorial accompanying the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine. “Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements.”
But enough is not enough for the American public. We spend $28 billion a year on vitamin supplements and are projected to spend more. About 40 percent of Americans take multivitamins, the editorial says.
I am a guilty multivitamin consumer despite the fact that I’ve been hearing from medical professionals for years that it probably isn’t doing me any good. I have also heard the same thing from many of my friends who are a big more holistic in their approaches to health.
Maybe it’s time I start listening.
The “comet of the century” is dead.
Comet ISON, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a way-too-close brush with the sun. It was barely a year old.
Eh, I hate to get persnickety but it’s way older than one year. Maybe not as a comet per se, but certainly as a celestial snowball hanging out in the Oort Cloud. We’ve only known about it for a year. There are trillions of bits out there that we’ve never seen and will probably never see.
The comet, which excited astronomers and the media as it zipped within 730,000 miles of the sun on Thanksgiving Day, was pronounced dead at a scientific conference Tuesday. Astronomers who had followed the ice ball mourned the loss of the sky show that once promised to light up during December.
Naval Research Lab astronomer Karl Battams, who headed the observing campaign for the comet, said ISON (EYE’-sahn) was stretched and pulled by the sun’s powerful gravity. It was also hit with solar radiation. And the icy snowball just fell apart.
“At this point it seems like there is nothing left,” Battams said at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. “Sorry, everyone, Comet ISON is dead. But its memory will live on.”
A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29 per cent.
The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.
Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.
Easier to see all the time why the Climate Church elders switched to the fluid “climate change” nonsense. It’s going to be difficult for the dire predictions of polar bears floating by 12th floor Manhattan windows to come true with all of this freezing going on.
Off to trap some methane…
For those who believe the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus, here is some breaking news:
The Custodian of the Shroud at the Vatican has announced today that the Shroud will go on public display in 2015 in Turin, Italy for 45 days between the Easter season starting in mid-April 2015 until August 16, 2015.
The last time the Shroud went on public display was in 2010 and two million pilgrims got to see the most sacred relic in all of Christianity.
My husband and I were among those millions, and it was an experience of a lifetime.
The Shroud of Turin continues to baffle science, for there is no explanation how the image of a crucified man was formed on the cloth separate from the blood stains.
More intriguing, the marks on the crucified man accurately reflect the flogging and crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible accounts. Furthermore, the image itself is made from a material that science can not explain.
Here are two articles about the Shroud of Turin that have appeared on PJ Media in the recent past if you are interested in this topic.
The most recent one was from March, 2013:
The first was posted in July of 2012:
OK, I admit it — I am a Shroud groupie, (known as a Shroud-ee.)
And for this breaking Shroud news I must give a big hat-tip to Russ Breault who is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Shroud and runs www.ShroudEncounter.com.
Russ, I might add, contacted me after someone passed along to him my July, 2012 Shroud piece linked to above, that discusses the 3D modeling of the Shroud face.
Russ appeared in and was a consultant on the History Channel documentary, The Real Face of Jesus?
Since 2010, that 3-D modeling presentation has been a huge hit on the History Channel and is replayed every year on numerous occasions.
The long, slow process of climate change may trigger “surprise” shifts that could threaten human communities in years or decades, researchers from the National Academy of Sciences warned Tuesday.
In a 200-page report, the scientists call for an early-warning system that would watch bellwethers like Midwestern aquifers, Antarctic ice sheets and tropical coral reefs for signs that a “tipping point” is coming. Accelerated environmental changes can already be seen in the loss of Arctic sea ice and bigger wildfires since 1980, the authors said.
Despite the fact that the warming isn’t so warm anymore, the preachers of the fastest growing religion on Earth need to justify their positions, so get out your wallets.
Virtually everything is now taken as sign of man-made climate change (“Aunt Louise burned the pie crust at Thanksgiving? SEA LEVELS DID THAT!”) and used to justify ever-increasing mounds of cash to be thrown down the Solyndra hole, which is all this is about. They have to line the pockets of their business partners fear-mongering.
After all, not everyone can get grant money to keep the Climate Church growing.
This article in the Colorado Daily Camera is fantastic, but it’s missing something.
The Well Armed Woman — their slogan is “Where the Feminine and Firearm Meet” — advertises stylish purses designed for concealed carry.
Another online retailer, Pistols & Pumps — “Concealed and High Heeled” — offers pink camouflage hats and bra-mounted holsters.
Gungoddess.com – the name, apparently, is sufficient — sells a variety of “gun bling,” including leopard-print handgun grips and zebra-print ear protection.
Such items may seem odd to some, but these retailers understand their customer base — a group of young, strong, determined and armed women. And just because their bullets may be fired from pistols with rhinestone-studded grips doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously.
These women are among a growing population of gun owners who fiercely fight for their right to own and carry a gun for self-protection.
“A woman with pepper spray is smart, a woman who takes self-defense is prepared, but a woman with a gun is scary,” said Rachael Makowski, a 25-year-old nanny in Westminster, Colo. “And when it comes down to my life or theirs, I want them to be just as afraid of me as I am of them.”
Self-reported gun ownership — among both men and women in the U.S. — is the highest it has been since 1993.
At the same time that the Democrats are trying and trying again to make “gun control” — making it harder to buy and own your own gun — a winning political issue for them. If only there was a political party out there that was a) pro gun rights and b) smart enough to use its support of gun rights to win over young female voters. Wouldn’t that be nice? If such a world existed, I would very much like to live in it.
At any rate, as I mentioned, the article is fantastic and I recommend reading the whole thing. It profiles what might be called archetypes of today’s female gun owner: the teacher, the students, the cheerleaders — gun owners all. What it lacks is this ad, to show how a gun might be used for self-defense.
It also lacks visual examples of women who own guns.
At PJ Media, we’re here to help. Consider it a public service.
So here’s Shelbie Murry. She’s a Houston Texans cheerleader.
The Texans are losers this year, but Shelbie Murry isn’t.
She likes guns. Long guns.
And hand guns.
So there’s our cheerleader. The teacher is a little harder to find.
Cheryl Torrenueva isn’t exactly a teacher. Sort of. She’s a designer on the cable show Restaurant: Impossible. She teaches restaurant owners how to update their drab spaces.
60 Minutes previewed the future last night. Amazon is planning to use drone aircraft to enable 30-minute delivery of many products that we order online.
Charlie Rose: This is?
Jeff Bezos:…is…these are octocopters.
Charlie Rose: Yeah?
Jeff Bezos: These are effectively drones but there’s no reason that they can’t be used as delivery vehicles. Take a look up here so I can show you how it works.
Charlie Rose: All right. We’re talking about delivery here?
Jeff Bezos: We’re talking about delivery. There’s an item going into the vehicle. I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not.
Charlie Rose: Wow!
Jeff Bezos: This is early. This is still…years away. It drops the package.
Charlie Rose: And there’s the package.
Jeff Bezos: You come and get your package. And we can do half hour delivery.
Charlie Rose: Half hour delivery?
Jeff Bezos: Half hour delivery/and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86 percent of the items that we deliver.
Charlie Rose: And what is the range between the fulfillment center and where you can do this within…
Jeff Bezos: These…this…this…these gener…
Charlie Rose: 30 minutes?
Jeff Bezos: These generations of vehicles, it could be a 10-mile radius from a fulfillment center. So, in urban areas, you could actually cover very significant portions of the population. And so, it won’t work for everything; you know, we’re not gonna deliver kayaks or table saws this way. These are electric motors, so this is all electric; it’s very green, it’s better than driving trucks around. This is…this is all an R&D project.
Charlie Rose: With drones, there’s somebody sitting somewhere in front of a screen.
Jeff Bezos: Not these; these are autonomous. So you give ‘em instructions of which GPS coordinates to go to, and they take off and they fly to those GPS coordinates.
Charlie Rose: What’s the hardest challenge in making this happen?
Jeff Bezos: The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, ‘Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighborhood’…
Charlie Rose doesn’t know what a drone is? Sheesh.
This idea seems cool until you think it through for a bit. Amazon’s drones will be eyesores in the air and electromagnets for lawyers when one of them goes haywire and crashes in someone’s yard or in the middle of a street or, heaven forbid, kills a guy. Human nature can be a nasty thing. Lawfare is strangling innovation in America. Watch octocopter-chasing lawyers have a heyday over Amazon’s drones and its fat wallet. Watch the newspaper Amazon owns defend whatever the company does. And watch environmentalists slow this whole thing down in court.
The hardest part technologically probably isn’t building in redundancy. The hardest part is making sure these things don’t become magnets for thieves (other than the aforementioned lawyers). Where you have valuable product moving, you have the potential for heists. These drones could and probably will become targets, especially if they’re in operation at night. So game that out, and Amazon will end up working with the FAA to either create sky lanes through which its drones will have special permission to travel, which would be protected either from the air or the ground against theft, or they’ll have to arm the drones with countermeasures.
When Amazon merges with Google to perfect the drones’ accuracy, it’s all heading toward SkyNet.
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.
Part of the feel-good response (this one courtesy of the Bush administration) to the Church of Climate Hysteria preaching is to mandate more ethanol be added to gasoline. That requires more corn to be planted. Which brings about consequences.
The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact.
Why should the president back off? It’s policy that’s based on the fact that the Iowa caucuses play a disproportionate role in presidential elections and the iffy science claiming that man is largely driving the climate change that has always happened. When you’re winging it to begin with there is no reason to adjust to reality.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said this morning that the U.S. needs to declare a “planetary crisis” on climate change and added that the CIA is stressing about it.
Sanders was asked on MSNBC about Republican lawmakers’ comments that the science is far from settled. Organizing for America gathered some of these into a video to slam the GOP over the issue, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) saying “I understand that people say there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.”
“I think it’s very clear that the scientific community, the people who have most studied this issue, overwhelmingly believe that, (A), global warming is real; (B), that it is caused by human activities; (C), that it is already causing severe damage in the United States on all — and all over the world. And (D), when we’re talking about the possibility — and this is what the predictions are — that by the year 2100 this planet may have a temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it is right now. What we’re looking at is real catastrophe unless we begin to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders said.
“It saddens me very much, and I know people are totally frustrated with what goes on in Congress right now for 100 different reasons. But the idea that you have a major political party that is rejecting — rejecting all of the science out there, and it’s preventing us from going forward in the kind of ways that we have got to go forward to save this planet, is enormously distressing.”
Sanders recently told Playboy in an interview that global warming is a more serious threat than al-Qaeda.
He says he doesn’t expect much to come out of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, staring today in Warsaw, Poland, and running through Nov. 22. “The United States will also host more than 40 side events for the nearly 10,000 attendees to learn more about U.S. leadership to curb climate change and participate in discussions with leading experts,” the State Department said of the convention.
“What we need to do as a nation is say, ‘Look, we have a planetary crisis.’ We’ve got to break our dependence on fossil fuel. We have to invest significantly in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. We have to work with China, India, and the rest of the world to make this transformation as soon as possible,” Sanders said.
“We’ve spent — just the federal government — spent $60 billion helping New Jersey and the other states impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping Vermont and other states hit by Hurricane Irene. You’re talking about forest fires. You’re talking about drought. A recent report came out recently from the scientific community worrying very much about food production because of drought in years to come,” he continued. “The rising price of food, hunger, political dislocation, because countries and people are fighting over limited resources. Ask the CIA. They worry very much about the long-term implications from a national security perspective about global warming.”
“So, all over the world, the evidence is very clear, we have got to act. It is literally beyond comprehension how little we are doing and that you have — again, I don’t mean to be overly political here, but when you have a major political party rejecting what the overwhelming scientific evidence is, it is pretty scary.”
This is some lead, Washington Post:
Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.
The world hasn’t actually been “warming” for the past 15 years or so. But let’s not let reality intrude into “settled” science.
On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.
The growth doesn’t fit the models, yet no one is ready to junk or change the models…
“This modeled Antarctic sea ice decrease in the last three decades is at odds with observations, which show a small yet statistically significant increase in sea ice extent,”says the study, led by Colorado State University atmospheric scientist Elizabeth Barnes.
A recent study by Lorenzo Polvani and Karen Smith of Columbia University says the model-defying sea ice increase may just reflect natural variability.
If the increase in ice is due to natural variability, Zhang says, warming from manmade greenhouse gases should eventually overcome it and cause the ice to begin retreating.
“If the warming continues, at some point the trend will reverse,” Zhang said.
Keep the faith!
“Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime” is the name of a scientific paper written by physicists Dr. Ben Tippett and Dr. Dave Tsang. Yes, not only do they study black holes and Einstein’s theory of general relativity, but they deliberately named theorized spacetime bubbles TARDIS. We want to be their best friends.
Basically, the proposed real life TARDIS is a bubble of spacetime capable of moving backward and forward along a loop of time. If several of these loops could be spliced together, it would allow the TARDIS to travel between any point in space and time.
Of course, though the theory is sound, building such a thing would step outside of the bounds of normal matter. Presumably, that’s why the Gallifreyans had to grow them.
California will fall short of its goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury unless it adopts aggressive policies to fight climate change, a new report says.
The state is still on track to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
But reducing those emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, as required under a 2005 executive order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will not be possible without new policies and technological innovations, the report said.
Set an improbable target, fail to meet it and use that as an excuse for even more onerous regulation. All that from an executive order.
Remember that the next time somebody tries to give you the “as long as he/she has an ‘R’ after his/her name’ argument.
The Food and Drug Administration has forwarded a recommendation to the Department of Health and Human Services to reclassify hydrocodone combo drugs such as Vicodin as a Schedule II controlled substance.
After HHS forwards its expected approval to the Drug Enforcement Administration, that would put the common prescription pain reliever in the same category as cocaine, amphetamines, opium and morphine.
Janet Woodcock, M.D., director for the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said the decision came about because of the government’s concern “about the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States.”
“While the value of and access to these drugs has been a consistent source of public debate, the FDA has been challenged with determining how to balance the need to ensure continued access to those patients who rely on continuous pain relief while addressing the ongoing concerns about abuse and misuse,” Woodstock said.
“Going forward, the agency will continue working with professional organizations, consumer and patient groups, and industry to ensure that prescriber and patient education tools are readily available so that these products are properly prescribed and appropriately used by the patients who need them most.”
No Schedule II prescription can be refilled without another written prescription from the doctor.
Currently, hydrocodone compounds such as Vicodin and Tylenol 3 can be filled with a written or phone prescription and refilled up to five times.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) had been pressing for the reclassification because of hydrocodone abuse “that has ravaged West Virginia and our country.”
“Rescheduling hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug will help prevent these highly addictive drugs from getting into the wrong hands and devastating families and communities,” said Manchin, noting he’d been informed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the change. “…I am also extremely grateful that the Food and Drug Administration has finally implemented its own advisory committee’s recommendations to reclassify these addictive drugs. The agency has just saved hundreds of thousands of lives.”
Back in 2012, Manchin first introduced an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act to reschedule hydrocodone. It passed by unanimous consent but was pulled out in the version passed by the House.
Last year, five pharmacy groups sent a letter to Manchin and his supporters opposing the reclassification: the American Pharmacists Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
“Moving all of these hydrocodone products to Schedule II will result in significant barriers for patients who have a legitimate need for these products, and it will result in adding to the nation’s healthcare costs with no assurance of a reduction in diversion and abuse,” they wrote.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has said such a proposal would “make it difficult for long-term care (LTC) residents to receive adequate pain treatment in a timely manner by exacerbating existing barriers to pain medication access.”
Eight months after a meteorite screamed out of the skies over the Ural mountains and shattered — leading to about 1,200 injuries from the shockwave it created — Russian divers pulled a hefty chunk of the space rock from a murky lake.
As shown on live TV in Russia, divers entered lake Chebarkul on Wednesday and pulled a 5-foot long, 1,255-pound hunk of the rock from the water, AFP reported — and promptly broke it.
“The rock had a fracture when we found it,” one unnamed scientist said during the live video feed. As the scientists pulled it from the lake, using levers and ropes, the fracture expanded, splitting it into at least three pieces.
“It weighed [1,255-pounds] before the pieces fell off. And then the scale broke,” he reportedly said.
Did he blame it on the rock? I think he just blamed it on the rock.
With the cataclysmic debut of the ObamaCare website, and the explosions at the National Security Administration (NSA) $1.2 billion spy-data storage facility – which they hid – and on and on, the federal government is proving itself just as technologically savvy as they are at, say, handling money.
So should the government insert itself further into the technologically sophisticated world of cell phones and the Internet? Probably not.
As we discuss in the accompanying video. Please enjoy.
British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is set to seek regulatory approval for the world’s first malaria vaccine after trials with the drug caused a 50 percent drop in the number of malaria cases in African children.
The vaccine is called RTS,S and was developed by GSK along with the non-profit Path Malaria Vaccine Initiative, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The vaccine has been in development by GSK for three decades and the trial was the largest-ever clinical trial conducted in Africa, involving almost 15,500 children across seven countries, the BBC reports.
The nearly 50 percent drop in childhood malaria cases, while dramatic, traditionally wouldn’t make a vaccine a sure thing, as most childhood vaccines provide at least 90 percent protection, according to NBC News.
Hmmm…I wonder if there is anything out there that does have a 90 percent success rate fighting this killer?
The enviro whackos have been willing to let over half a million kids-and a million people total-die annually for fifty years to save a few birds.
But don’t call them fanatics.
These are the same people who say that all anthropogenic global warming skeptics are “anti-science” although they’ve been eschewing science in favor of 4th Century BC netting technology.
I wrote about this here last week.
EPA director Gina McCarthy went with the usual “for the children” spiel to justify plowing ahead with regulations even though the agency’s own analysis admits it won’t accomplish much.
The EPA anticipates that the proposed EGU New Source GHG Standards will result in negligible CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, quantified benefits, costs, and economic impacts by 2022. Accordingly, the EPA also does not anticipate this rule will have any impacts on the price of electricity, employment or labor markets, or the US economy.
The impacts on price, labor and the economy are never quite as rosy as what a federal agency reporting on itself projects, of course.
Apparently, this isn’t being done to help the environment, it is all about trying to make an infeasible technology feasible.
If this proposed regulation will have little effect, why press for it? The answer is because it will improve the prospects of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology, according to EPA.
Wait, didn’t EPA administrator McCarthy tell the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week that CCS is already “feasible.” She has more confidence in the technology than her agency. The RIA states that because “CCS technologies have had limited application to date,” the proposed regulation would “incentivize innovation” leading to performance improvement and cost reductions.
You have to love EPA’s circular logic. Through the regulatory process, it wants to push a technology that is supposedly “feasible” in order to incentivize its innovation in order to make it feasible.
The federal government is trying to artificially create a marketplace with tech that can’t yet sustain itself.
Because that’s worked out so well in recent years.