I Think He Has A Point

It Doesn’t Compute… – Victor Davis Hanson – The Corner on National Review Online

I’m very puzzled by the nexus between the current downturn and concern about global warming. Given that we were told we had to immediately cut back on carbon emissions (even before sustainable alternative energies are in place), largely by curbing our lavish energy-dependent lifestyles, why then all the concern about stimuli and global depression? Surely, the world right now is sort of what the radical Gorists wanted to see, since the current cutback in gasoline usage, and general economic slowdown are radically restricting the burning of fossil fuels in a manner that even the most optimistic green utopian could hardly have envisioned just few years ago? In other words, in the booming 2004-6 years, radical suggested scale-backs would have probably led to something akin to what we are experiencing now? So why the gloom instead of headlines blaring—”The Planet Continues to Green—as Archaic Consumption Practices Erode Further!”

That’s true. This economic downturn, recession or depression or whatever they want to call us, is exactly what the environmentalists have been wanting for years. I think I have made the point before, no factories, no jobs, no commute equals less carbon emissions.

Of course, I don’t think that those who lost their jobs and may lose their ecologically wasteful homes will have a great appreciation for their role in saving the planet. People are funny that way.

This Will Make Interesting Reading In 2010

FT.com / Weekend / Reportage – An imaginary retrospective of 2009

It was the year when people finally gave up trying to predict the year ahead. It was the year when every forecast had to be revised – usually downwards – at least three times. It was the year when the paradox of globalisation was laid bare for all to see, if their eyes weren’t tightly shut.

VDH Looks At The Halcyon Days Of The Obama Administration

Works and Days » Life At New Animal Farm Won’t Be All That Bad

All the campaign talk of the Great Depression, a Vietnam-like war, and our shredded Constitution will now thankfully subside as the Obama administration assumes office and solves problems with conciliation, dialogue, and multilateral wisdom, rather than shrillness, unilateralism, preemption, and my-way-or-the-highway dogmatism. We will hear that by historical levels unemployment is still not that bad, that GDP growth is not historically all that low, and that deficits, inflation, interest rates, and housing starts are all within manageable parameters. “Depression” will transmogrify into “recession” which in turn by July will be a “downturn” and by year next an “upswing” on its way to boom times.

A Comfy Press Is A Happy Press And A Happy Press Is A Friendly Press

One thing that Obama seems to be good at is keeping the press happy. He does this in two ways, he is a Democrat, which automatically gives him a huge edge, and he makes sure to go places where the press corps can get drinks and manicures. Can’t appear on camera with a hangnail.

White House Press Corps Faces Unique Challenges in Hawaii – washingtonpost.com

“What a difference a year makes,” exults NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie, leaning back in a padded armchair on a veranda overlooking the Pacific.

“No offense to the people of Crawford, Texas, but taking the presidential retreat from Crawford to Honolulu is change anyone can believe in,” Henry says, borrowing a phrase from Obama’s campaign.

When George W Bush was elected, he didn’t waste any time on sucking up to the press. Of course, he is a Republican, which is viewed as inexcusable in the eyes of the press and he had defeated the anointed successor, Al Gore. Who the press had made clear was their favorite. Making nice with the press would have been a waste of time.

His choice of Crawford for his ranch was calculated to put the press in an uncomfortable climate, and it worked. I don’t know if the press would have treated him better if he had not forced them to hang around Crawford, but I kind of doubt it.

Christmas Is Sanook!

Bangkok Gets Into the Christmas Spirit – TIME

There may not be much by way of snow to carry Santa’s sleigh in Thailand, and the ubiquitous saffron-robed monks and golden-spired temples are a reminder that this a predominantly Buddhist country. But any visitor to Bangkok between October and January would have reason to be confused over the country’s spiritual orientation, because the Thai capital embraces Christmas with a fervor that belies its reverence for Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. For Thais, of course, December 25 isn’t a moment to celebrate the birth of Christ; it’s simply a tinsel-festooned season to shop, set cellphone rings to “Deck the Halls” and feast on red-and-green hued sticky rice with coconut cream.

If you walk into the Thai Buddhist Temple that I go to here in Oregon, you will be greeted not only by the ubiquitous Buddha statue but also a Christmas tree and a musical Santa Claus.

This might seem strange to you, but it makes perfect sense if you have spent any time around Thai people.

Thais love all things “sanook.” That means things that are funny, pleasurable, and make you feel good. Sanook encompasses many more things as well. Basically, if you enjoy doing it and suffer no ill effects, it’s Sanook.

Thais love any excuse for a celebration. For example, they celebrate three different New Years. The western New Year, the Lunar or Chinese New Year and the traditional Thai New Year which is based on something that I have no idea of. Every little village has their own celebrations as well. Koh Samui, a resort island, has their Full Moon parties, though that is a western invention that was adopted by Thais for business reasons.

But Thais celebrate as well.

I have often said that Thais would celebrate Tuesday if it meant a party. It’s sanook.

Why The IPCC “Proof” Of AGW Proves Nothing.

Completely inadequate IPCC models produce the ultimate deception about man made global warming

E. R. Beadle said, “Half the work done in the world is to make things appear what they are not.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does this with purpose and great effect. They built the difference between appearance and reality into their process. Unlike procedure used elsewhere, they produce and release a summary report independently and before the actual technical report is completed. This way the summary gets maximum media attention and becomes the public understanding of what the scientists said. Climate science is made to appear what it is not. Indeed, it is not even what is in their Scientific Report.

An interesting and fact filled review of the various IPCC “projections” that just aren’t so.

This is particularly apt in light of the constant use of the IPCC Summary For Policymakersas “proof” of the scientific basis for AGW warnings. Which it is most assuredly not.

Another “Scientific Consensus” Bites The Dust

NASA – A Giant Breach in Earths Magnetic Field

Dec. 16, 2008: NASAs five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a breach in Earths magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to “load up” the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. But the breach itself is not the biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics.

“At first I didnt believe it,” says THEMIS project scientist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.”

OK, their ideas about physics in space might have been wrong. But that doesn’t mean that their Global Warming Consensu is.

I keep wanting to ask about which theory of physics is the “consensus” theory? Ptolemy, Newton, Einstein, Quantum? Or some other version that hasn’t been discovered yet.

Peter Wallison: The Roots of the Financial Crisis

At Reason’s 40th anniversary event, held in Hollywood on November 14 and 15, the American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison analyzed the roots of the current market meltdown and explained how government policies directly caused or massively exacerbated the housing bubble and the subsequent bust at the center of things.

The Arthur F. Burns Fellow in financial studies and codirector of AEI’s program on financial markets deregulation, Wallison is the author of several books including most recently, Competitive Equity: A better way to manage mutual funds.

Approximately 25 minutes.