Open Thread Weekend

This post serves two purposes.

1. A forum for open discussion in a civil manner

2. A test for Windows Live Writer to see how well it does for creating a blog post.

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54 thoughts on “Open Thread Weekend

  1. Since peer-review turned into pal-review, I think the need for more funds to study further, requires a new kind of review: Paypal-review.
    REPLY: Now THAT’s a review everyone can buy. – Anthony

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  3. Second block:
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  4. From the ‘What is’ FAQ:
    What is ‘lorem ipsum’?
    ‘Lorem ipsum’ is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. It has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s. It has been popularised ‘recently’ with desktop publishing software and in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing ‘lorem ipsum’ passages.

  5. “A test for Windows Live Writer to see how well it does for creating a blog post.”
    Anthony, unfortunately, Windows Live Writer does not seem to be working. The remainder of the post came out in some strange tongue. Either the Chinese translation feature you were testing is not working or we have been transported back into an earlier time. Hail Caesar!

  6. Nope Ed, the phony Boston Fed study and four decades of nobly mistaken housing policy have finally tripped over their own hubris, bringing the world down with them. Now, this madness of the crowd called CAGW has sucked all the rest of the capital into a great green hole in the ground with liars at the top.
    But China is coming to its senses, and we got a ‘lection next year.

  7. Looks okay on Firefox and on IE 8, but…
    When you click “Continue reading →” to go past the fold, the crossed fingers following the instruction to be civil disappears, and the map link goes to the Chico Cemetery. Is that a threat? 🙂
    OK S.

  8. kim says on September 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    Hey, I think Google translate has copyright infringed me.

    Uh oh, that Goliath Google is infringing; the prudent maneuver, in the immediate:
    Run Honey Run



    THE solar power revolution is in danger of stalling, with the State Government admitting the electricity grid is failing to cope with its green vision.
    Energy Minister Stephen Robertson confirmed new applications for rooftop solar systems were being rejected in areas where Queensland’s high uptake threatened the safety and reliability of its network.
    Thousands of homeowners hoping for promised power savings of up to $540 via a 1.5kW system are in limbo, with those wanting larger systems even being asked to pay more than $20,000 to help cover local upgrades.

  10. In the Sunday Age today there’s an article saying that to achieve carbon reductions we need to turn vegan, and meat producers should be charged for the carbon their animals emit.
    “Mahony cites a study by the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency, which showed a transfer to a completely vegan diet would reduce climate change mitigation costs by about 80 per cent.”
    I’ll ruminate on this whilst I fire up the BBQ tonight.

  11. Charles J Hanley is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who writes for the Associated Press. His last article on the web, “The American “allergy’ to global warming, Why?” is filled with misinformation. Why is he unaccountable for misleading readers from a major information source?
    [NOTE: a link would be helpful. -REP, mod]

  12. Kim…if you want to screw something up,and twist it horribly,you “ravel” it.In other words,the world is ravelled,and only a major uprising will unravell it. Great.Now I’m confused.

  13. Dale says:
    September 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    From your quoted material: “would reduce climate change mitigation costs”
    Did the Dutch EAA say how much it would reduce the temperature?

  14. At lunch today we were in a Korean restaurant and had shared “hot pot” (soup served on a deep Wok type dish with a small gas burner to keep it hot at the table). The gas burner had a label with some Korean and Chinese writing and in bold English it said “Solar Powered”, I had to laugh. I knew that the gas burner was not solar powered, because it was cheap and reliable …

  15. Anthony you have proven to the alarmists that we are demon possessed! Did the incantations at the top of the post allow you to contact the Great Satan of Science? 🙂

  16. jon shively says on September 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Charles J Hanley is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who writes for the Associated Press. His last article on the web, “The American “allergy’ to global warming, Why?” is filled with misinformation.

    It would seem he writes in a sort of bubble of “plausible deniability” that works to render a ‘free’ and exculpated conscience; he doesn’t actually know, with any degree of certainty, and can’t actually claim to know what he is penning progand..-er- slanted public interest stories, and since the goal is green energy, warm fuzzy bunnies and cute puppy dogs by the bushel basket, he has a high and noble goal as well.
    Per wiki: “In politics and espionage, deniability refers to the ability of a “powerful player” or actor to avoid “blowback” by secretly arranging for an action to be taken on their behalf by a third party—ostensibly unconnected with the major player. In political campaigns, plausible deniability enables candidates to stay “clean” and denounce advertisements that use unethical approaches or innuendo based on opposition research.
    More generally, “plausible deniability” can also apply to any act that leaves little or no evidence of wrongdoing or abuse.”
    This also assures he can get a good night’s sleep, until his conscience at some point begins to gnaw at him …

  17. All I will say is Peter Schiff was right. I heeded his warnings and while my co-workers were losing 40-50% of their 401k in 2008, I lost 0%. Watching the talking heads Saturday morning, the same ones who gave bad advice in 2006/2007 are doing it again in 2011.

    Milton Friedman, RIP.
    Ben Bernanke makes Greenspan look like a tightwad.
    What did Paul Krugman do to deserve a Nobel prize?

  18. Re the economy, a guy called Nuttle has an interesting concept, the “debt wall” ; meaning the moment when the collective deficits of the nations exceed the amount of capital available for the current low interest rates. When the debt wall is hit, interest rates must rise to attract capital which will make it necessary for the deficit-ridden nations to increase taxes or print money to pay the interest.
    So one or more of the following must happen in the deficit-ridden nations:
    – Tax increases
    – Austerity measures
    – Devaluation of their own currency by printing money.
    There’s no way around it. It’s the Keynesian endpoint.

  19. If you’ve ever been labelled a climate change denier, you may like to read this piece by James Delingpole. I’m sure everyone has heard about the problems with Greek debt and the European single currency, well in Britain we are not known for our fond embrace of the great European experiment. Thankfully we did not adopt the Euro, Greece would pale into insignificance.
    Back to climate change deniers, an editorial by the independent in 1992
    “The spectacle is both nauseating and pathetic: nauseating because this heterogeneous rump of Thatcherites, little Englanders, xenophobes and eccentric constitutionalists appears to have no concept of loyalty; pathetic because they have no alternative agenda. In their conceit they are convinced they know better than the Government (and the Opposition) where this country’s true interests lie. But what vision do they substitute? Not, to be sure, of a perfidious Albion notorious for going back on treaties that it has signed; nor of a country whose outdated notions of sovereignty led either to Britain being marginalised in Europe, or to a historic undermining of the EC’s role as a bulwark against resurgent nationalism. Yet those are both likely outcomes. The Europhobes’ idea of the EC reverting to a mere Common Market is a naive anachronism”
    Andrew Marr, the independents political editor at the time is a former Political Editor at BBC News, now has his own show on Sunday morning. (Checkout wikipedia – “Marr has written about the need to remain impartial and “studiously neutral” whilst delivering news reports and “convey fact, and nothing more”)

  20. I was taught a little Latin at college more as where our English language came from.
    I do not remember the latin but the translation into english of the best phrase that comes to mind was. You are always in the s@it only the depth varies. Maybe the Romans understood real life.

  21. Some light entertainment on moon landing conspiracies. This is from QI, a very popular comedy quiz program on UK TV. Search for QI on youtube for other clips.

  22. Ed Mertin says:
    September 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    Plenty of stagflation lately. Are we about to do a double dip recession? Sputter along until 2012? Any optimism here?
    It’s down to climate change. Permant recession from now on. We have reached the tipping point and can’t afford to leave one..

  23. Peter Schiff was right and recommended buying gold. Even more important, some of those over-stuffed talking heads were not even wrong. Ben Stein – clueless about evolution, even more clueless about economics. And the idiots who recommended buying Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs…embarrassingly wrong

  24. Anthony writes, “A test for Windows Live Writer to see how well it does for creating a blog post.”
    I use it when I want to speak parceltongue to any reptiles I may come across on certain warm blogs

  25. Something for electric vehicle lovers/haters/undecided:
    Heathrow has a PRT (personal rail transport) system now; built by a Bristol University spinoff called Ultra PRT.
    company website:
    nicely rendered ad video by them:

    use the youtube links to find videos of the real thing in operation at Heathrow.
    It’s supposed to be much cheaper than conventional rail-based PRT’s like the
    Vectus PRT

    because the track is cheaper.
    PRT’s are an old idea, as sketched here
    and the idea goes back to the HUD reports; an old kinda pork scheme, born out of the need to find a new project after Apollo.
    I’m neither particularly enthusiastic nor antagonistic about this; just wanted to share it.

  26. wayne Job says:
    September 25, 2011 at 3:21 am
    I was taught a little Latin at college more as where our English language came from.
    I do not remember the latin but the translation into english of the best phrase that comes to mind was. You are always in the s@it only the depth varies. Maybe the Romans understood real life.
    The latin you were looking for is
    Semper in caca solem profundis variat

  27. Dale says:
    September 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    “I’ll ruminate on this whilst I fire up the BBQ tonight.”
    I saw what you did there….

  28. DR says on September 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    What did Paul Krugman do to deserve a Nobel prize?

    Well, here’s part of the issue, ‘Bucky’ – one involving terms and definitions and history who actually created ‘the prize’.
    IOW, it ain’t [sic] the “Nobel Prize in Economics”, it’s the “Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel“.
    Per wiki:
    The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, commonly referred to as the Nobel Prize in Economics,[1] is an award for outstanding contributions to the field of economics.[2] It is generally considered one of the most prestigious awards for that field.[3] The official name is the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. …
    It is not one of the Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, but is commonly identified with them. The Prize in Economics, as it is referred to by the Nobel Foundation, was established and endowed by Sveriges Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, during 1968 on the Bank’s 300th anniversary.

  29. I love how the news media is doing this latch ditch effort to brain wash the masses.
    “The American ‘allergy’ to global warming: Why?
    A deepening desire to disbelieve: Why US remains last redoubt of climate ‘denialism’

    In the paper, Columbia University geoscientist Wally Broecker calculated how much carbon dioxide would accumulate in the atmosphere in the coming 35 years, and how temperatures consequently would rise. His numbers have proven almost dead-on correct. Meanwhile, other powerful evidence poured in over those decades, showing the “greenhouse effect” is real and is happening. And yet resistance to the idea among many in the U.S. appears to have hardened.
    What’s going on?

    Who wrote this stupid article, Al Gore?
    Did Columbia University geoscientist Wally Broecker numbers the Global Cooling” or is tit the numbers only work when they use the bogas data that the CRU generated?

  30. Speaking of warming…. I just replaced my refrigerator’s defrost heater again. It’s a totally crappy design consisting of an UN-sealed coil of wire (Ni-Cr I assume) inside of a glass tube. Of course it just oxidizes and eventually dies in about 8 to 10 years. If I was just a wee bit more enthusiastic I’d figure out the wattage and replace it with a SS sheathed ceramic cartridge heater; maybe next time.

  31. DirkH,
    EPRT’s are excellent in that they are cheaper, but the downside is the lack of a union dues paying driver(conductor?). Also should keep the prostitutes off the street by giving them a place to conduct transactions. 🙂

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