Talk about being an igonrant asshat. From Mediaite:

CNN Anchor Bill Weir to Fox Nation: ‘You Willfully Ignorant F*cksticks’
It’s safe to say CNN anchor Bill Weir is not a fan of climate change deniers.

On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.”

The story, aggregated from the Washington Times, relates to a Denver visit by former Vice President Al Gore‘s “Climate Reality Project” for EPA hearings on power plant emissions.

The group showed up to hand out ice cream even though it was 58 degrees.

Weir retweeted the link, with his own comment: “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant fucksticks.”

We’ve requested comment from CNN.

Nice to see that the Gore Effect was firmly in place - 58 degrees in Colorado in July?

This came in from an email - interesting comparison. Talking about Lance Armstrong and his doping scandal:

The parallels to the AGW movement are quite stunning.

Lance and his enablers promulgated the myth that he was a world beating clean athlete. His enablers included media such as the New York Times, sponsors, politicians.

He had the international governing body (the UCI) in his corner.

There were skeptics who didn’t buy it.

Seeing the parallels yet?

Lance Inc intimidated, threatened anyone who didn’t toe the line.

Other riders who didn’t take part were run out of the sport, marginalised, bullied, even called insane.

Other skeptics had their businesses ruined (see Greg Lemond’s story)

In many cases they were harassed or silenced by lawsuits. The lawsuits went in Lance’s favour. Damaged were awarded, critics were cowed.

He even had the altruism angle covered – the cancer foundation, which is now seen by many to have been something of a criticism forestaller.

“You can’t criticise me, I’m saving the world”.

There was even the dodgy use of statistics. “I’ve been tested 500 times and never failed a test”.

He was using EPO when there was no test for it, and then switched to blood doping when there was no test for that.

So, a near perfect analogy for what’s been going on in the AGW “debate”.

Fortunately, we know how the Lance saga ended. The truth always prevails.

Absolutly - the truth always prevails although it can take many years to triumph.

The Centers for Disease Control has a website for the current outbreak:

Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
The  World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in  Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, announced a cumulative total of 1201 suspect  and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 672 deaths, as of July 23,  2014. Of the 1201 clinical cases, 814 cases have been laboratory confirmed for  Ebola virus infection.

They are currently at a level three warning for travel:

Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

From the same link, we can also see that there is a serious (level two) outbreak of Polio in Equatorial Guinea, Syria, Cameroon, Somalia, Ethiopia and Iraq. I thought we had developed a cure - this is  a singularly nasty disease. It was still a serious threat when I was a child.  I grew up in Pittsburgh and my schoolmates and I were one of Doctor Salk's guinea pigs.


Numbers can be pesky when comparing them to the latest spiffy computer models - from the Centers for Disease Control comes this paper (PDF) that shows that there are more fatalities from cold than there are from heat. Global Warming will save lives!

From the abstract:

Deaths Attributed to Heat, Cold, and Other Weather Events in the United States, 2006–2010
Objectives—This report examines heat-related mortality, cold-related mortality, and other weather-related mortality during 2006–2010 among subgroups of U.S. residents.

Methods—Weather-related death rates for demographic and area-based subgroups were computed using death certificate information. Adjusted odds ratios for weather-related deaths among subgroups were estimated using logistic regression.

Results and Conclusions—During 2006–2010, about 2,000 U.S. residents died each year from weather-related causes of death. About 31% of these deaths were attributed to exposure to excessive natural heat, heat stroke, sun stroke, or all; 63% were attributed to exposure to excessive natural cold, hypothermia, or both; and the remaining 6% were attributed to floods, storms, or lightning. Weather-related death rates varied by age, race and ethnicity, sex, and characteristics of decedent’s county of residence (median income, region, and urbanization level). Adjustment for region and urbanization decreased the risk of heat-related mortality among Hispanic persons and increased the risk of cold-related mortality among non-Hispanic black persons, compared with non-Hispanic white persons. Adjustment also increased the risk of heat-related mortality and attenuated the risk of cold-related mortality for counties in the lower three income quartiles.

The differentials in weather-related mortality observed among demographic subgroups during 2006–2010 in the United States were consistent with those observed in previous national studies. This study demonstrated that a better understanding of subpopulations at risk from weather-related mortality can be obtained by considering area-based variables (county median household income, region, and urbanization level) when examining weather-related mortality patterns.

And meanwhile, it is getting cooler and cooler...

Absolutly briliant. Hat tip to Gerard

Here is Evan Sayet's website

From The Washington Post:

Justice Dept., FBI to review use of forensic evidence in thousands of cases
The Justice Department and the FBI have launched a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial because of flawed forensic evidence, officials said Tuesday.

The undertaking is the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI. It will include cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners since at least 1985 and may reach earlier if records are available, people familiar with the process said. Such FBI examinations have taken place in federal and local cases across the country, often in violent crimes, such as rape, murder and robbery.

The review comes after The Washington Post reported in April that Justice Department officials had known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people but had not performed a thorough review of the cases. In addition, prosecutors did not notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Some more:

In its April report, The Post identified two District men convicted largely on the testimony of FBI hair analysts who wrongly placed them at crime scenes. Santae A. Tribble, now 51, was convicted of killing a taxi driver in 1978, and Kirk L. Odom, now 49, was convicted of a sexual assault in 1981. Since the Post report, Tribble’s conviction was vacated, and on Tuesday, prosecutors moved to overturn Odom’s conviction and declare him innocent. The Justice Department had not previously reviewed their cases.

Chitre said the new review would include help from the Innocence Project, a New York-based advocacy group for people seeking exoneration through DNA testing. It also would include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Peter Principle at work - all government bureaucracies need a good housecleaning. Our government has too many incompetent administrators.

Dropbox - a horror story

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I use Dropbox so that clients can send me files. I do not use it for archival storage. Turns out this is a good thing.

From Jan Čurn writing at Petapixel:

A Cautionary Tale: How a Bug in Dropbox Permanently Deleted 8,000 of My Photos
I started using Dropbox back in 2009 and have always loved the service. Over time, I kept moving more and more files to my Dropbox folder and eventually had to upgrade to the Pro plan to keep up with the space requirements. In particular, I moved there all of my photos in order to be able to view/share them online and also to have them backed up.

In April of this year, a hard drive in my laptop was running low on space so I decided to use the Dropbox’s Selective Sync feature to unsync some large directories from the laptop. Because there was never any problem with the service and also because it’s already the year 2014, I thought it might be about time that one can trust a cloud-based storage service and use them as a sole backup of their files. Boy, I was wrong.

And the upshot:

About two months later when I was preparing for a defence of my PhD thesis, I was looking for an old presentation but couldn’t find it. The directory was there but it was empty. I would have never deleted these files, something must have gone wrong.

I contacted Dropbox support, who then broke the news to me: there was a delete event of 8343 files from 2014-04-29 at 14:57:30 GMT (UTC). Looking at the log record from this event, I realized most of the missing files were my photos! All the directories were still in place but many of them were empty, as if Dropbox randomly deleted some files and left some others intact. I was devastated. All those memories and the effort with collecting and organizing the photos… gone.

A bug in Dropbox and even for the Pro subscribers, they only retain data for 30 days. Not a good thing...

I use Acronis and create a local disk image every couple of days. Hard drive failure is not a case of if, it is a matter of when

Funny but actually, an excellent overview of general mathematics. Zogg is a great teacher for an LGG (little green guy).

A letter of thanks

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From The Algemeiner:

A Letter of Thanks From Hamas to the International Media

Dear Members of the Mainstream Media,
You’ve been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you’ve been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for:

Much more at the site - spot on.

Shake 'n Bake

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We have another heat wave - temps in the high 80's.

The grocery store (and beer cave) is nice and cool but my shipping office has a fan and that is it.

No sign of relief for now.

Make sure I can run for more than a couple blocks. From Omaha, NE station WOWT:

Bond Set For Bank Robbery Suspect
Bond was set at 10 percent of $75,000 Wednesday morning for the woman accused of robbing an Omaha bank Monday afternoon.

Police say 23-year-old Shantoria Valentine walked into the Wells Fargo branch at 84th and L and gave a note to the teller claiming she had a bomb.  Valentine fled with $1,200 in cash, but collapsed a few blocks away in front of Ralston Middle School.

Mike Wadleigh noticed a woman hurrying by his apartment near the bank and told WOWT 6 News she’d “shuffle a little bit, run a little bit, walk a little bit, shuffle a little bit.”

Dave Ishii with Ralston Schools said, “I noticed it was a gal.  She came through the gate and kept looking behind her.”  Dave spotted her from his truck.  He had no idea she was a bank robbery suspect, but could tell she was running from something.  “I jumped out of the truck and pointed at the cop, this way.”

Ralston Middle School is three blocks from the bank.  It's all uphill.  “I ran up the steps and by the time I got up there another person had her cornered," said Ishii.  "She was pretty well winded then.  She just laid down and put her hands out.”

The stupidity - it burns!

No wonder her hard drive "crashed"

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From the London Daily Mail:

Emails reveal IRS official Lois Lerner called conservatives 'crazies' and 'a**holes' as Eric Holder comes under new pressure to investigate
Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as 'crazies' and 'a**holes.'

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called 'a serious investigation' – something he said has been lacking.

Camp wants Holder to appoint an outside special counsel to probe the culture of the IRS and explain why hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to intrusive questioning and years-long delays when they applied for nonprofit tax benefits – steps that were not taken against liberal organizations.

Some excerpts from the email:

The November 9, 2012 email exchange with an unnamed colleague – the person's name was redacted in the copy Camp's staff released publicly – took place while Lerner was in the United Kingdom.

'Overheard some ladies talking about American[s] today,' Lerner wrote. 'According to them we've bankrupted ourselves and a[re] through. We'll never be able to pay off our debt and are going down the tubes.'

Turning sarcastic, Lerner pounced on her British acquaintances.

'They don't seem to see that they can't afford to keep up their welfare state either,' she wrote. 'Strange.'

The conversation turned ugly when Lerner's writing companion let loose first on conservatives.

'Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP,' the person replied. 'The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end.'

'The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.'

'Great,' Lerner wrote back. 'Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes.'

'And I'm talking about the hosts of the shows,' came the reply. 'The callers are rabid.'

In the final message of the exchange, Lerner wrote that 'we don't need to worry about [illegal] alien terrorists. It's our own crazies that will take us down.'

Lerner's visit to the UK coincided with a management shakeup at the IRS. On the day of the email exchange, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman left office at the conclusion of his appointed term and deputy commissioner Steven Miller took over.

Our betters at work. The entire administration needs to be tarred, feathered and driven into the river...

Dodd-Frank - secure? Not so much.

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From The Washington Post:

Dodd-Frank’s Achilles’ heel
Four years after Dodd-Frank became law, the question being asked is whether the country is safe from another financial crisis. It’s the wrong question. It presumes that major financial crises are routine events. They’re not. What happened in 2008-2009 was the first in the United States since World War II. This sort of calamity requires much stupidity, incompetence and bad luck. With or without the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, the next one might be many years or decades away. The right question is: When a crisis occurs — as it probably will — does Dodd-Frank better prepare us to handle it?

Unfortunately, no. It may even make us more vulnerable. To see why, you need to understand Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act and its role in the last crisis. It’s the sleeper issue in judging Dodd-Frank.

Much more at the site and some excellent comments.  It's smoke and mirrors all the way down. Our appearance of careful management is merely a careful management of appearances.

Just as a heads up, Robert J. Samuelson has been writing on economic issues since 1977. He is not related to Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Samuelson.

From Truth and Action (video at link):

NY DHS Will Pay You $500 To Rat Out Fellow Citizens Buying Legal Goods
New York’s Division of Homeland Security is posting signs on businesses to encourage people to snitch on fellow citizens who buy such things as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), ammunition, flash lights, match containers, gas masks and other items deemed to be ‘prepper’ in nature.

In this video a girl working at LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY tell us how a state trooper put up a flier in their window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line to report this ‘suspicious activity’ under the as part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

This is obviously nothing more than the beginning of the cultivation of ‘average citizen snitches’ who will rat out on their fellow citizens.

This does not surprise me. Here's the PDF from the Ohio branch:


More here and here.

It would not be politically correct to profile so they spy on all of us. Stupid bureaucrat. No donut.

Color me surprised - not...

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From Investor's Business Daily:

Democrats Admit Amnesty Is For Political Purposes
Give us your poor, your tired, your future Democrats waiting to be registered. That's what some in the party are saying as they urge the president to pursue immigration goals even if it hurts in the '14 midterms.

In other words, damn the political torpedoes and full speed ahead in the fundamental demographic and political transformation of America.

"You'll always have members whose political vulnerability they tie entirely to immigration," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. "We didn't make progress when we were in the majority because we were being protective of those (members) on immigration reform. At some point do you worry more about the future or do you continue to put off the inevitable by not taking action?"

For Democrats such as Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., amnesty and the political benefits stemming from it are inevitable. They are quite willing to use children to exploit the inherent compassion of the American people if it means ensuring the political future of the Democratic Party through the gratitude of millions of illegal aliens allowed to come here and stay.

Gutierrez recently told a La Raza conference that it was only a "down payment" that President Obama gave the Latino community with his Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program that halted the deportation of 600,000 of "our people":

"Now it is time for the president in the United States ... (to) free the mom and dads of the DREAMers and to go further — be broad and expansive and generous."

And just how many would he eventually like to sign up? "I think we can get 3 or 4, maybe even 5 million people," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." If you can't persuade voters, you can always import them.

This is so removed from constitutionality as to be ridiculous. Illegal doesn't begin to describe it. Pandering to an uninformed base to win votes and centralize their political power. At least Russia had a revolution - we are lurching toward tyranny by decree.

So true - The Argyle Sweater

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From The Argyle Sweater - today's cartoon was spot on:


The reference? Spy vs Spy

Over the last 100 years, we have spent huge amounts of money building out an amazing infrastructure of water, sewage, electrical and transportation conduits throughout the United States. You would think that with all this capital investment, some funds would be set aside for preventative maintenance. These entities will fail.  It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.

A big when happened yesterday in Los Angeles - from FOX News:

Broken water main floods UCLA campus, forces rescue of drivers, pedestrians
A 93-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, sending a geyser of water spewing 30 feet in the air and flooding parking structures and buildings on the UCLA campus, including the school's famed basketball arena, Pauley Pavilion. 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Jim McDaniel said that the 30-inch pipe was shut off at approximately 7 p.m. local time Tuesday, three-and-a-half hours after it burst. McDaniel estimated that between eight and ten million gallons of water had been released, adding that the city of Los Angeles uses an estimated 55 million gallons each day. LADWP spokeswoman Michele Vargas had earlier estimated that the pipe carries an estimated 75,000 gallons of water per minute when functioning.

And how many other soft spots are out there waiting to let go. What will happen is a very expensive crash program to retrofit the water main. What should have happened is a cheap annual inspection followed by selective repair of weakening sections. But we can use that money for other stuff...

Cleaning your tools - two paths

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Older ammunition is labeled as "corrosive" meaning that the primers contain Potassium Chlorate which does not play nice with metal (although it is a lot of fun to play with when you heat it up and drop in a Gummi Bear).

Here are two sites for gun cleaning: Corrosive and Other


Fun actor - really good musician.

As a sound junkie, I pay a lot of attention to how people use the microphone. Bruce knows how to do it well and about half-way through, his use of both the vocal and harp mic for singing is excellent technique if the FOH mixer is expecting it. A great effect. The mic in question is an Astatic JT30 dispatcher's microphone. It was designed for 1960's taxi cab dispatchers - the frequency response was limited to vocal frequencies (300-3,000Hz) and it was designed to take a lot of abuse (spitting, shouting, being knocked around, beer, tobacco smoke, etc...) which makes it perfect for the blues.

Hey Bruce - if that acting gig doesn't pan out...

From 2013/07/24 - Breitbart :

Top 10 Signs Obama Scandals Aren't 'Phony'
10. Someone pleads the Fifth. Lois Lerner, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during an oversight hearing. She was also suspended (with pay).

9. Documents go missing, officials fake e-mail addresses. Records of tax inquiries into Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell are gone; the former EPA chief made emails tough to find by using an alias.

8. You announce drastic policy shifts to minimize damage. When the Department of Justice was found to be snooping on the AP and Fox's James Rosen, Obama suddenly embraced a media shield law.

7. You make a show of "forcing" an official to resign. Obama theatrically announced the resignation of IRS chief Steven Miller; though his term was almost over, the gesture sent a clear signal of disapproval.

6. You try to arrest a low-level leaker. Though Obama himself minimizes the effort to catch Edward Snowden, the federal government is desperately trying to have him extradited for exposing NSA programs.

5. You assert dubious executive privilege to stop investigations. Obama exercised that option to protect Attorney General Eric Holder and the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious from scrutiny.

Five more at the site - I had posted this back on July 25th, 2013 -- good enough that it deserves another outing. As I said in the title block, nothing has changed.

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