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28-Sep-13 World View -- U.N. Security Council passes overhyped, totally irrelevant resolution on Syria

Web Log - September, 2013

28-Sep-13 World View -- U.N. Security Council passes overhyped, totally irrelevant resolution on Syria

Washington gives $100 million non-bailout bailout money to Detroit

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Spain to switch from Nazi time to British time

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets Fascist leader Francisco Franco in 1940 (Life Magazine)
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets Fascist leader Francisco Franco in 1940 (Life Magazine)

Based on its longitude, the country Spain, like Britain, is well within the region of the Western European time zone. However, in 1940, Spain's Fascist dictator Francisco Franco met with Adolf Hitler, who convinced him to switch Central European Time, so that Spain's clocks would be synchronized with Germany's. The result has been that Spanish workers never seem to get enough sleep, which is why they need a siesta during the day. But now Spain's government plans to move the country back to West European time, which might mean the end of the siesta for many Spaniards. However, one Spanish citizen commented on the move to British time, "Maybe we should also drive on the left side, get drunk over the weekend and have only three typical dishes instead of thousands." International Business Times

Washington gives $100 million non-bailout bailout money to Detroit

The Obama administration bailed out General Motors when it was close to bankruptcy, and is now getting requests to bail out Detroit, which has already filed for bankruptcy. However, there isn't a lot of support these days for a new bailout, with the sequester and such. But the Administration has found a way anyway. They've identified $100 million earmarked for discretionary grants that have never been granted, and they're reassigning the grants to their good pals in Detroit. However, this is not a "bailout," since these are grants.

Detroit is also planning to use Obamacare as a vehicle for an even larger non-bailout bailout. Detroit has some $6 billion in unfunded liabilities for health care for retirees. Detroit is planning to tell its retirees to apply for health insurance in the Obamacare exchanges. Detroit will pay the retirees a small stipend to help pay for the insurance. In addition, Washington will pay each retiree an Obamacare subsidy. And so, the retirees get their health insurance, Detroit saves over $1 billion in health care funding, and the Obama administration gets the undying love of their good pals in Detroit. So everybody wins. Right? Washington Times and Business Insider

U.N. Security Council passes overhyped, totally irrelevant resolution on Syria

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that requires Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Unfortunately, if the Syrian regime's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad simply ignores the threat and goes on ordering the rape, mutilation and massacre of innocent women and children on a large scale, then the only "punishment" that the resolution specifies is a threat to hold another Security Council meeting. So Russia got its way once again, and has humiliated President Obama and the United States once again. The mainstream media is calling the resolution "historic" and a "landmark decision," but then again, the NY Times and NBC News will call President Obama eating a hamburger "historic." NBC News/AP

U.N. Climate panel issues overhyped, totally irrelevant climate change report

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued on Friday a so-called "landmark report" that's dead on arrival, and deservedly so. It says that it proves with near absolutely certainty that human activity is the cause of carbon emissions, and that they're resulting in global warming. Even if that's true, then so what?

I keep receiving scorn whenever I compare the climate change scientists to scientists in the year 1900 who might have said that the increase in the growth of horse crap was due to human activity. And yet, not one of these scornful comments has ever shown why this comparison is invalid.

Climate scientists today predict that carbon emissions will raise the temperature of the earth by X degrees by 2100. Horse crap scientists in 1900 could have predicted that there would be X inches of horse crap all over the place by 2000.

Horse crap scientists in 1900 would have had absolutely no inkling that the Model T Ford would be coming along soon to solve the horse crap problem, all without government help. If they had recommended the funding of any government programs, they would have been programs to develop a new kind of feed for horses that would produce less horse crap, and the programs would have been disasters.

Today's climate scientists have been recommending government programs related to green energy, all of which have failed, as illustrated by the Solyndra disaster. Climate scientists have absolutely no inkling of new technologies that will be coming along to solve the carbon emissions problems. There are probably thousands of commercial firms in the world trying to develop products to reduce carbon emissions, and when one of them finds something, they'll patent it, bring it to market and make enormous sums of money. And they'll do it all without government help.

In November, 2009, thousands of e-mail messages were hacked from the web server at East Anglia University, the place at the heart of "climate science." There were thousands of e-mail messages online from a period of several years. I did a search of the hacked East Anglian e-mail messages for the word "Singularity," and it doesn't appear once. You would think that these brilliant scientists would have at least asked the question of one another: "Hey, what about the Singularity?" But apparently it was never asked once. It must have been a forbidden subject, since it conflicts with their own claims. (See "Climate Change conference in Copenhagen is all about getting green -- money" from 2009.)

Even if you don't "believe" that the Singularity is going to occur, there's still absolutely no question that intelligent computer technology and nanotechnology is going to explode in the 2020s. These will bring a wealth of new technologies and products that will reverse the growth of carbon emissions in the same way that the Model T Ford reversed the growth of horse crap emissions in the last century.

The reason that "climate scientists" can't even stand to think about such things is because it's all about the money:

I want to emphasize that this is what it's all about, even if every word in Friday's climate change report is true. The report is irrelevant because the carbon emission problem will be taken care of by new technologies that the "climate scientists" don't have a clue about, and don't even want to think about. UN IPCC Report and AFP

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