September 29, 2006 - September 22, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
The Friday Follies
It's easy to get cynical about even the best and most beautiful
things in life. Like marriage. In the week just past we had a grim
glimpse of the ugly one-two punch that's the trademark of Mr. and Mrs.
Clinton. Bill did his bully-boy act
the Fox News Channel, and now the missus is trying to capitalize on the
attention his tantrum drew by throwing
one of her own
. Some marriages really do seem made in hell.
But many of us are far more fortunate than the nation's Last Couple,
and this week has reminded me of that in numerous ways. I learned, for
example, that my good friends Mr. and Mrs. BalowStar have just
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, which -- like their two
beautifully poised and talented children -- is a tribute to their
exceptional capacity for love, loyalty, and faith.
I am grateful every day of my life for Mrs. InstaPunk, who is
unquestionably the biggest person in the smallest frame it has ever
been my pleasure to know.
So there will be no cynicism today. Instead, I'm taking the opportunity
to spotlight a few great couples whom it's possible to appreciate from
The first instance, I admit, caught me by surprise. Last year, Mrs.
InstaPunk and I watched Lisa Rinna on Dancing
with the Stars
, and I was slowly won over by her determination
and whole-hearted emotion. She survived deep into the competition, and
it was sad to see her go. This year, I was skeptical when one of the
celebrity contestants was her husband, Harry Hamlin. But he announced
at the beginning that he was competing because he wanted to be able to
dance with his wife as he had seen her dance, and I believed him. The
first week he was just terrible, a stiff and cringe-inducing stick
figure of a dancer, despite the fact that he had evidently gone into
serious training for the show. But he was game. And by the third week,
he had, through sheer unrelenting resolve, improved by an order of
magnitude. Here's Harry doing the tango
. But he
didn't make the cut this week, and I was shocked to see his partner
weep at his departure, unable to utter a word on camera. He really had
worked that hard. I take my hat off to him. And to his wife, who is
clearly an inspiration to her husband and family. Yes, I know they're
well paid for appearing on the show, but I can tell when a man loves
his wife. He does.
And then there's talent. What a great thing it is when a couple share
an endeavor and complement one another in the process. I give you the Wuzzadems
. For a long time now,
both Wuzzadem and his wife, Mrs. R, (at least I think they're a couple.
My bad if I'm assuming too much) have been producing truly outstanding
gems of satire, each in his own way. Wuzzadem is so consistently funny
that I've deliberately copied
his style in the past. Right now, I'm
jealous as hell of Mrs. R's brilliant Terro-gator
which you have to try out for yourselves. And I'm just as green about
Wuzzadem's Islamic Rage Meter.
I mean, if they're not married, they ought to be.
But I know for sure that Glenn
is married to the face that launched a thousand ships, the
beautiful and talented Dr.
. His devotion to her is the most endearing thing about a man
who obviously has many extraordinary qualities. Lately, they've taken
to podcasting together, which I hope means she is past the health
problems that no one her age should have to suffer. I love it that this
joint venture between them is so obviously the most enjoyable part of
his busy (i.e., busy busy busy) life. You can hear the enthusiasm in
his voice. (Listen here
Congratulations to both of them. (And , no, I'm not doing this for a
link. Can't an InstaPunk have some genteel sentiments on occasion?)
They make me feel good.
I know there are many more examples out there of fine and fruitful
marriages, but this small sampling will have to do for now. I just
thought you might find it worthwhile to embark on the weekend with a
smile at your own spouse, because the truth is, so many of us are
indeed blessed, and it's always the right time to remember that.
Love you, Mrs. InstaPunk.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Bring us your
poor, your bad girls...
name is Deeya. She's naughty, and the muslims don't want her.
This entry is to be filed in the category called "Why We'll Win in the
End." We don't ordinarily pay much attention to muslim pop music, so we
have to thank Michelle
for acquainting us with Deeya. She's a Norwegian muslim who
apparently wants to be a girl, which is a sin in Islam. (That's why
they're going to lose in the end.) She got driven out of Norway, a
country which left all its balls behind on the last page of Viking
history, and everything she does to advance her pop singing career
seems to irritate the imams, well, a lot.
You can see her music video here
and a short
documentary of her trials and tribulations here
The bottom line, as our audio file suggests, is that she's spending a
lot of time in the U.S. now, and we couldn't help wondering what will
happen as the Muslim Madonna settles herself in for a good ol' American
celebrity career. So, without further ado, our predictions:
She'll have widely publicized affairs
with Brad Pitt, Jay-Zee, and then Fred Durst, who will post a video of
the two of them having sex on the Internet. Her first CD will go
She'll be offered a prime time reality show in which she'll make
millions pretending she doesn't know about anything American, like
McDonald's, major league baseball, paintball, and strip clubs. When she
learns about American lawyers, she'll sue her record company, her
agent, Fred Durst, and the producers of her show. After she loses all
her lawsuits, she'll have a very public nervous breakdown and go into
She'll launch her second career on a two-hour prime-time special with
Oprah Winfrey, where she'll introduce America to her new Lesbian
Margot will commit suicide on the front page of the National Equirer
when Deeya elopes with 300-pound ex-movie star Alec Baldwin. The pair
will become a fixture at concerts and telethons celebrating natural
disasters, left-wing politicians, and hopeless Third World causes.
In the Playboy interview attendant to her nude Playboy pictorial
(signed for a cool $5 million), Deeya will explain why American culture
is so deeply corrupt that she and Alec now spend most of their time on
either the Spanish Riviera or their 1,000 sq km ranch outside Buenos
Aires. But she'll still be keeping up with politics enough to know that
the new Republican presidential nominee is even more stupid and evil
After her divorce from Alec, she'll suddenly recommit herself to Islam
and build a $10 million, 50,000 sq ft, solar-powered personal mosque in
Malibu, where she'll live with 72 imams and issue fatwahs on a daily
basis about Republican politicians in California.
After his divorce, Antonio Banderas will convert to Islam and marry
Deeya in the most lavish wedding ceremony in Malibu history. The guest
list will include Madonna, JLo, Lil Kim, Rosie O'Donnell, Brian
Williams, Keith Olbermann, Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Oprah, and, of
Barbra Streisand, who will sing "Memories" at the reception.
She will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National
Convention, where she will blame the Republican Party and the Zionist
state for America's humiliating defeat in Iraq and the subsequent
thousands of American civilian
casualties who perished in the tragic Chicago explosion. She will be
mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate.
But instead, she will go back to Malibu with Antonio because she is
about to have a baby. Whom she will name Latanya if it's a girl. And
Fidel if it's a boy.
A typical American success story. We can't wait.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Warming Thing
Sun spots show us what Earth will be
like if we reelect Republicans.
. I started writing this entry months ago but never finished
it because new alarmist stories are being propagated at a torrid pace
(pun intended), and it's difficult to keep up with all the flavors of
spin. Today I've decided to post what I have at the moment for two
reasons. First, Bill "The
Clinton has commandeered the
Gore Global Warming Bandwagon (GWB!?) for his own purposes, which makes
the whole issue even more blatantly political than it already was. And
second, Senator James Inhofe has just made a comprehensive speech about
the state of the science that everyone really should read. I'll direct
you to his remarks following the introduction I wrote when I started
this post back in April. Here's the original draft.
* * *
It's clear that a lot of supposedly smart people want us to go
into panic mode. In March, Time
offered us a cover story that could have have been ripped
right out of the script for The Day After Tomorrow
Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than
More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are
Drowning Low-Lying Communities... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The
Pretty breathless, eh? And that was just Time's idea of a headline.
Here's the lede:
No one can say exactly what it looks
like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth.
Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion
emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and
unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us. It certainly looked that way last
week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry--a Category 4 storm
with wind bursts that reached 125 m.p.h.--exploded through northeastern
If your heart isn't strong enough to withstand Time's concept of
journalistic prose, you can get a slightly less frantic version of
their piece at CNN
which summarizes the main argument thus:
Never mind what you've heard about
global warming as a slow-motion
emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and
unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.
From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts,
the global climate seems to be crashing around us.
The problem -- as scientists suspected but few others appreciated -- is
that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and
feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental
decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse. That's just
what's happening now.
It's at the north and south poles -- where ice cover is crumbling to
slush -- that the crisis is being felt the most acutely.
Late last year, for example, researchers analyzed data from Canadian
and European satellites and found that the Greenland ice sheet is not
only melting, but doing so faster and faster, with 53 cubic miles
draining away into the sea last year alone, compared to 23 cubic miles
As fast as global warming is changing the oceans and ice caps, it's
having an even more immediate effect on land. Droughts are increasingly
common as higher temperatures also bake moisture out of soil faster,
causing dry regions that live at the margins to tip into full-blown
Wildfires in such sensitive regions as Indonesia, the western U.S. and
even inland Alaska have been occurring with increased frequency as
timberlands grow more parched. Those forests that don't succumb to fire
can simply die from thirst.
With habitats crashing, the animals that call them home are succumbing
too. In Alaska, salmon populations are faltering as melting permafrost
pours mud into rivers, burying the gravel the fish need for spawning.
Small animals such as bushy tailed rats, chipmunks and pinion mice are
being chased upslope by rising temperatures, until they at last have no
place to run.
And with sea ice vanishing, polar bears are starting to turn up
drowned. "There will be no polar ice by 2060," says Larry Schweiger,
president of the National Wildlife Federation. "Somewhere along that
path, the polar bear drops out."
So much environmental collapse has at last awakened much of the world,
particularly the 141 nations that have ratified the Kyoto treaty to
reduce emissions. The Bush administration, however, has shown no
willingness to address the warming crisis in a serious way and Congress
has not been much more encouraging.
Sheesh. Thank goodness we can blame it all on George
. It's easier to accept the enormity of the catastrophe that
way for some reason, as Al
has shown us so perceptively:
The former veep — President Bush's 2000
election opponent — keeps insisting that he has no intention of running
again for the White House.
But that hasn't stopped him from writing a gasket-blowing polemic
arguing that by refusing to face up to the threat of global warming,
Bush is just like the disgraced British prime minister who appeased the
Nazis before World War II.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish," Gore writes, quoting the
Bible to bash Bush.
Warning that Bush and the Republican Congress have displayed "a
blinding lack of awareness" about "the worst catastrophe in the history
of human civilization" — global warming — Gore also blames the
incumbent for ignoring the threat of 9/11.
Cute. Lumping Global Warming in with 9/11 almost invisibly asserts that
both cataclysms are accepted milestones of history. They're old news
that George Bush needs to be punished for. Notwithstanding the fact
that 9/11 was not nearly as much the fault of George
as the administration
Gore served as Vice President, one might be forgiven for believing --
in the context of today's mainstream media -- that Global Warming is a
deadly reality that someone (or ones) need to be blamed for.
As if all that weren't bad enough, mass media god Tom Brokaw has now
confirmed the validity of Time
panic attack with a two hour documentary on the Discovery Channel.
Bloomberg summarized it thus:
Tom Brokaw's special on global warming
claims to have ``no agenda,'' though some viewers will quickly suspect
he's out to make us sweat.
If mankind doesn't change its polluting ways, New Yorkers will soon be
snorkeling to work. That's the basic message of ``Global Warming: What
You Need to Know,'' which airs on July 16 at 9 p.m. New York time... [and repeatedly
since..Ed. Note 9/26/06.]
Despite all the purple prose and red-hot imagery. however, there are still
two points at issue with
regard to Global Warming.
First is the question of whether it even exists. Regardless of the
current hysteria, there are scientists who remain unconvinced. Front
interviewed a dissenter less than year ago:
little balance, we called up Fred
Singer, aka "the godfather of global warming denial." An expert on
global climate change and a pioneer in the development of rocket and
satellite technology, he holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton and
happens to be the guy who devised the basic instrument for measuring
stratospheric ozone. Now president of the Science & Environmental
Policy Project research group (sepp.org), his dozen books include "Hot
Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate"...
Q: Here’s a line from a recent Mother Jones article: "There is
overwhelming scientific consensus that greenhouse gases emitted by
human activity are causing global average temperatures to rise." Is
A: It’s completely unsupported by any observation, but it’s supported
by computer climate models. In other words, the computer models would
indicate this. The observations do not.
Q: What’s the best argument or proof that global warming is not
A: The best proof are data taken of atmospheric temperature by two
completely different methods. One is from instruments carried in
satellites that look down on the atmosphere. The other is from
instruments carried in balloons that ascend through the atmosphere and
take readings as they go up. These measurements show that the
atmospheric warming, such as it is, is extremely slight -- a great deal
less than any of the models predicts, and in conflict also with
observations of the surface.
It's crucial to note that the arrogance of scientists on all kinds of
subjects stems from their adherence to observation and measurement as
infinitely superior to personal experience and speculation. No amount
of technical jargon can conceal the fact that computer models
constitute speculation. They are not reality, however good a guess
about reality they might reflect. And they always embody assumptions
that might not be right. In the case of Global Warming, the biggest and
most undocumented assumption is that the temperature of the earth is
essentially stable and not continuously variable for reasons that have nothing to do with human behavior
Conservative columnist George Will discussed this problem in an essay
Recently, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer
flew with ABC's George Stephanopoulos over Glacier National Park's
While worrying about Montana's receding glaciers, Schweitzer, who is
50, should also worry about the fact that when he was 20 he was told to
be worried, very worried, about global cooling. Science magazine (Dec.
10, 1976) warned of "extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciation." Science
Digest (February 1973) reported that "the world's climatologists are
agreed" that we must "prepare for the next ice age." The Christian
Science Monitor ("Warning: Earth's Climate is Changing Faster Than Even
Experts Expect," Aug. 27, 1974) reported that glaciers "have begun to
advance," "growing seasons in England and Scandinavia are getting
shorter" and "the North Atlantic is cooling down about as fast as an
ocean can cool." Newsweek agreed ("The Cooling World," April 28, 1975)
that meteorologists "are almost unanimous" that catastrophic famines
might result from the global cooling that the New York Times (Sept. 14,
1975) said "may mark the return to another ice age." The Times (May 21,
1975) also said "a major cooling of the climate is widely considered
inevitable" now that it is "well established" that the Northern
Hemisphere's climate "has been getting cooler since about 1950."
In fact, the Earth is always experiencing either warming or cooling.
But George Will also noted this fact:
Eighty-five percent of Americans say
warming is probably happening, and 62 percent say it threatens them
Such statistics are, obviously, a function of propaganda. Americans
tend to believe that science is a dispassionate profession and that
scientists are mostly trying to tell them the truth as they see it. But
truth in science is not about publicity or even consensus. Way back in
January 2004, we quoted Michael
on the subject of consensus science:
Consensus is invoked only in situations
where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of
scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun
is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that
The fact is, the facts are debatable in this case, which is precisely
the circumstance that usually brings hysteria and amateur fanatics into
the picture. Here's a sampling of some of the recent press on Global
Warming, including both pro's and con's. (Feel free to skip through
them quickly. They're all over the map and I include them because I
amassed them in the first place, and if you're inclined to dig, you can
follow the links and find much to pursue further. The emphases in text
are all mine.)
* * * * *
: In a grim warning on climate change, the British
government's chief scientist said the world must immediately put into
place measures to address global warming, even if they take decades to
Sir David King said that, even by the
most optimistic forecasts, carbon dioxide levels are set to rise to
double what they were at the time of the Industrial Revolution in the
That will lead to a three-degree centigrade rise in temperature, King
said, adding that if nothing is done to manage such change, few
eco-systems on Earth will be able to adapt.
Even worse, said King in an interview on BBC radio, up to 400 million people around the world
would find themselves at risk of hunger
, because 20 million to
400 million tonnes of cereal production will be lost.
The notion that our atmosphere acts like a greenhouse – that is,
so-called atmospheric “greenhouse gases,” like water vapor and CO2,
“trap” incoming solar radiation to warm the atmosphere – is wrong. Not
only doesn’t the atmosphere work that way, greenhouses don’t either.
Greenhouses work by physically blocking heat transfer (by convection)
from inside to outside – the same effect that heats the inside of your
car when it’s parked in the sun on a hot day. Opening the doors and
windows allows air currents to flow and the heat to dissipate. But
neither the atmosphere nor “greenhouse gases” block convection, so there is no literal atmospheric “greenhouse
. Simon Cox reports on how scientists are becoming worried by the
quality of research used to back up the most extreme climate
Every week we are assailed by scare stories about the climate. Malaria in Africa, hurricanes in Florida,
even the death of frogs in Latin America - all are being linked to
But does the science behind these claims really
stand up, or are the risks of climate change being oversold to win the
battle for influence?
Campaign Gore Can't Lose
. Boring Al Gore has made a movie. It is on
the most boring of all subjects -- global warming. It is more than 80
minutes long and the first two or three go by slow enough so that you
can notice that Gore has gained weight and that his speech still seems
oddly out of sync. But a moment later, I promise, you will be captivated, and then riveted,
and then scared out of your wits.
Our Earth is going to hell in
a hand basket.
You will see the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps melting. You will see
Greenland oozing into the sea. You will see the atmosphere polluted
with greenhouse gases that block heat from escaping. You will see
photos from space of what the ice caps looked like once and what they
look like now and, in animation, you will see how high the oceans might
rise. Shanghai and Calcutta swamped. Much of Florida, too. The water
takes a hunk of New York. The fuss
about what to do with Ground Zero will turn naught. It will be under
of Inconvenient Truth
. Rather than focus on real threats, the
left must turn to rabid environmentalism as a point of difference. They
cannot betray their own egos and agree with the rest of us about the
nature of present-day evil- they need to carve out that one last spot
on the wrongway world of the leftwing ideology to plant their feet and
say, "You are a bad person for
ignoring humanity's horrors committed against Mother Earth."
left clings to the ideology like a urine-stained teddy bear because
it's all they've got. (Well, except for movies about electric cars. I
would like an electric car. But I can't help but think that the
extension cords would get tangled up at intersections)
You can quote me: "An Inconvenient Truth: it's laugh out loud funny!"
Review of Tom Brokaw Documentary
. Brokaw relies largely on a handful of experts
in the two-hour show, particularly NASA's James Hansen and Princeton
professor Michael Oppenheimer. Both support Brokaw's view of global
warming and consider the scientific debate closed.
Brokaw scoffs at the notion that there are ``any remaining doubts
humans are behind temperature rises,'' while Hansen says ``99.5 percent
of scientists say we know what's going on.''
You'll find more dissent at a North
Korean political rally than in this program
, which would have
benefited from contrarian views, perhaps from MIT's Richard S. Lindzen
or William Gray, the world's foremost expert on hurricanes and a critic
of global- warming orthodoxy. Both are serious scientists, yet neither
appears to be in Brokaw's Rolodex.
Global Warming Hoax
. On June 13, USA Today declared, "The Debate's
Over: Globe Is Warming." That's another headline you can ignore.
The world has been warming ever since the last Ice Age, but it is not
rapidly warming in ways that threaten our existence, nor warming in a
way that requires the industrialized nations to drastically cut back on
their use of energy to avoid the many scenarios of catastrophe the
Greens have been peddling since the 1980s.
Global warming is a classic scare
campaign initiated by the Greens after a previous effort in the 1970s
to influence public policy by declaring a coming Ice Age failed to
generate any response
. What we are seeing now is yet another
worldwide coordinated campaign by the Greens to rescue the global
warming theory from the junk heap to which it should be consigned.
ended in 1998
. For many years now, human-caused climate change has
been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the
biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific,
but a self-created political fiasco
Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records
of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average
temperature did not increase
(there was actually a slight
decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).
Yes, you did read that right. And also, yes, this eight-year period of
temperature stasis did coincide with society's continued power station
and SUV-inspired pumping of yet more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
In response to these facts, a global warming devotee will chuckle and
say "how silly to judge climate change over such a short period". Yet
in the next breath, the same person will assure you that the
28-year-long period of warming which occurred between 1970 and 1998
constitutes a dangerous (and man-made) warming. Tosh.
. Ambiguous scientific statements
about climate are hyped by those with a vested interest in alarm
thus raising the political stakes for policy makers who provide funds
for more science research to feed more alarm to increase the political
stakes. After all, who puts money into science--whether for AIDS, or
space, or climate--where there is nothing really alarming? Indeed, the
success of climate alarmism can be counted in the increased federal
spending on climate research from a few hundred million dollars
pre-1990 to $1.7 billion today. It can also be seen in heightened
spending on solar, wind, hydrogen, ethanol and clean coal technologies,
as well as on other energy-investment decisions.
But there is a more sinister side to this feeding frenzy. Scientists who dissent from the alarmism
have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and
themselves libeled as industry stooges
, scientific hacks or
worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when
they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.
. California sued six of the world's largest automakers over
global warming on Wednesday, charging
that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of
dollars in damages
The lawsuit is the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers
liable for the damages caused by their vehicles' emissions, state
Attorney General Bill Lockyer said.
It comes less than a month after California lawmakers adopted the
nation's first global warming law mandating a cut in greenhouse gas
. Global warming is happening, but humans are not
the cause, one of the nation’s top experts on hurricanes said Monday
Bill Gray, who has studied tropical meteorology for more than 40 years,
spoke at the Larimer County Republican Club Breakfast about global
warming and whether humans are to blame. About 50 people were at the
Gray, who is a professor at Colorado State University, said
human-induced global warming is a fear perpetuated by the media and
scientists who are trying to get federal grants.
“I think we’re coming out of the
little ice age, and warming is due to changes to ocean circulation
patterns due to salinity variations,” Gray said.
* * * * *
Skeptics and true believers on both sides have to admit, at a minimum,
that there is politics on both sides of the Global Warming issue. The
same people should also be prepared to admit that there are opposing
scientific views, scientifically based, which means that the advocates
who claim there's no room for debate of the facts are not being purely
scientific, no matter how arrogantly they declare that they are.
That's the context for Senator James Inhofe's speech on the science of
Global Warming, which is both coherent and comprehensive, whether you
agree with his position or not. Here
is the full text. I urge everyone to read all of it, especially since I
am only going to quote one brief excerpt:
My skeptical views on man-made
catastrophic global warming have only strengthened as new science comes
in. There have been recent findings in peer-reviewed literature over
the last few years showing that the Antarctic is getting colder and the
ice is growing and a new study in Geophysical Research Letters found
that the sun was responsible for 50% of 20th century warming. Recently,
many scientists, including a leading member of the Russian Academy of
Sciences, predicted long-term global cooling may be on the horizon due
to a projected decrease in the sun’s output.
The sun? Doesn't that seem like a remote and glacial influence? Not
necessarily. There are two kinds of argument to be made for the sun as
a cause of temperature and climate change on earth. There's a rational argument
The sun provides all the energy that
drives our climate, but it is not the constant star it might seem.
Careful studies over the last 20 years show that its overall brightness
and energy output increases slightly as sunspot activity rises to the
peak of its 11-year cycle.
And individual cycles can be more or less active.
The sun is currently at its most active for 300 years.
That, say scientists in Philadelphia, could be a more significant cause
of global warming than the emissions of greenhouse gases that are most
The researchers point out that much of the half-a-degree rise in global
temperature over the last 120 years occurred before 1940 - earlier than
the biggest rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
Ancient trees reveal most warm spells are caused by the sun. Using
ancient tree rings, they show that 17 out of 19 warm spells in the last
10,000 years coincided with peaks in solar activity.
They have also studied other sun-like stars and found that they spend
significant periods without sunspots at all, so perhaps cool spells
should be feared more than global warming.
The sun has weather too. This is one
of those solar flare
covered up circle in the
middle is the sun
flares are not little. Neither are the sun spots
shown in the animated graphic at the top of the entry.
You see, the other argument is visual, intuitive, and massive. If you
think capitalist nations and industrial robber barons are abig deal,
get a load of this mathematically
correct comparison of the earth to
Does it seem to you that the sun might have just a little bit -- or a
whole lot -- to do with temperature variations on earth?
No, of course not. It's all the Hummers in your suburb. How do I know?
'Cause Al Gore tells me so.
Senator Inhofe's speech has now, predictably, been mugged by MSM twits
like CNN, and he has responded here
in a statement that is as well worth reading as the speech that
precipitated the furor.