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Archive for "Feb 07 2008"

I’m Shocked, SHOCKED! I Tell You

Actually, not so much; it makes a perfect kind of sense. Mostly I wondered how many guys living here were caught up in this net when I heard it reported on the news:
Mob indictment includes charges of extortion at proposed Staten Island racetrack – SILive.com

Jacques Kerry Plays the “Pay Attention to Me!” Game; Fails Miserably

It’s sad, watching a washed up politician struggle to try draw attention to himself, especially immediately after endorsing a candidate (along with the Swimmer and the Massachusetts governor) who proceeded to lose in his own backyard. That should have been enough for a normal person to understand as being a signal of his personal irrelevency to the commonweal.

But not for our boy Horseface:Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming

“[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms,” Kerry said. “And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth. And so it goes to global warming and larger issues that we’re not paying attention to. The fact is the hurricanes are more intensive, the storms are more intensive and the rainfall is more intense at certain places at certain times and the weather patterns have changed.”

That statement is chock full of “FAIL.” First, “the weather service” (whatever the hell that is, in this respect) has not unequivocally “told us we are going to have more and more intense storms” because of global warming. According to a recently released study:

Global warming could reduce how many hurricanes hit the United States, according to a new federal study that clashes with other research. The new study is the latest in a contentious scientific debate over how manmade global warming may affect the intensity and number of hurricanes.

In it, researchers link warming waters, especially in the Indian and Pacific oceans, to increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean near the United States. Wind shear — a change in wind speed or direction — makes it hard for hurricanes to form, strengthen and stay alive.

So that means “global warming may decrease the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall in the United States,” according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Miami Lab and the University of Miami.

Now I know what just smacked into the states weren’t hurricanes, Lurch (though I’m not sure you do). Still, if you’re gonna bloviate about things as if you were some kind of expert, you should be up on the reasons honest-to-God scientists believe those twisters hit, and your “explanation” certainly ain’t it:

Meteorologists are quick to say they cannot blame global warming. There is not enough good data over enough years with weather events as small as tornadoes, to draw such conclusions. [emphasis mine]

But there were plenty of the standard ingredients for tornado formation Tuesday: a strong storm system coming from the west (this one buried parts of Colorado in snow); warm air near the ground; high winds; and warm moist air coming north from the Gulf of Mexico.

While La Nina doesn’t specifically cause tornadoes, it helps shift the jet stream, pushing storms from the West and moisture from the Gulf into the necessary collision course over the South, said Schaefer.

Like El Nino, it happens every few years, and it’s been changing global weather patterns for a few months now, strengthening in January, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, which monitors La Nina.

Since these actual climate scientists have shredded you assertion that global warming is the culprit, let me ask a question: throughout all this “global warming” malarkey, you idiots pimping its alleged existence never seem to take in something as plainly obvious as what effect the sun has on what may be happening in our planet’s atmosphere; why is that?

Could it be because Ol’ Sol doesn’t seem to be playing along with your “Doomsday’s Coming!” scenario:

Tapping oversees the operation of a 60-year-old radio telescope that he calls a “stethoscope for the sun.” Recent magnetic field readings are as low as he’s ever seen, he says, and he’s worked with the instrument for more than 25 years. If the sun remains this quiet for another a year or two, it may indicate the star has entered a downturn that, if history is any precedent, could trigger a planetary cold spell that could bring massive snowfall and severe weather to the Northern Hemisphere.

I guess that’s why you folks try to ignore it.

Finally, there is this ridiculous sentence stuck in the middle of this ridiculous pissant pontificating paragraph: “And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth.”

Lemme clue you into a little secret, Frenchy: insurance companies are in the business of making money. Ipso facto, if they are “beginning to look at this issue” it is most likely as a way to tap into the public hysteria that asshats like you and the Goracle help create as an excuse to raise their rates.

“These storms are gonna get worse and worse and the oceans are gonna rise; you really need a stronger coverage plan since you live in (fill in the blank: hurricane-prone zone/tornado territory/along the shoreline).

Your current policy ain’t gonna cut it when the Big One comes; you gotta beef that sucker up!”

Postscript: Bob Krumm (and his commenters) also takes a swing at Kerry.

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