Wednesday, February 28, 2018

     THE  COUNT OF  RIMINI'S  PEACOCK  IS  NOT  SURPRISED

WATTS  IS  DEEPLY SHOCKED WHEN IT SNOWS IN ROME
ITALIANS NOT SO MUCH, AS IN FELLINI'S  AMARACORD


              AND THE  LORD  SAID  UNTO  SCOTT  PRUIT
   GET  YOUR  APPLE  PICKING  HANDS  OFF  OF  MY  CREATION !

The first landmark on the road to Tulsa is The First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, whose website proclaims it preaches “ the Gospel of  Jesus Christ in Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Oklahoma, North America  &  the Ends of the Earth.”

Senior pastor  Nick Garland recently attended a private reception in the Washington offices of  his First Parishoner -- he recruited  EPA Administrator  Scott Pruitt to his congregation when Pruitt was a law student, and their evangelical commitment has been unwavering. Before joining the bar, Pruitt  went to Romania on a First Baptist missionary trip, and as Attorney General of Oklahoma , returned to teach a church seminar on how to blend one’s faith into communication and current events.

Garland says Pruitt  long ago realized the Lord wanted him to do more  “than be a student of law.” and compared his protégé  "to an eagle:” one of the rare creations of God that delight in the storm,”   Dozens of evangelical leaders endorsed Pruitt’s 2016 EPA nomination in an open letter echoing the Dominionist rejection of “any ideology that sees human beings as a blight upon the planet and would harm human flourishing by restricting or preventing the rightful use and enjoyment of creation.”

Garland  recently told Mother Jones magazine does not believe humans are the main cause of climate change, and neither does Pruitt.
 “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” 
Pruitt said in March 2017, and in October,  barring researchers with EPA grants from serving on the agency’s science advisory boards, he quoted the Book of Joshua: 
“Choose this day whom you’re going to serve.” 

The Lord, said Pruitt:
 “ created human beings in His own image, bearing responsibility to advance human flourishing through many forms of human activity, from agriculture and enterprise to technology and innovation,”

Voicing a view  antithetic to religious leaders,  including Pope Francis, who believe  environmental stewardship resides in conserving God’s creation, Pruit went on to say :

“Is true environmentalism ‘do not touch’? It’s like having a beautiful apple orchard that could feed the world, but the environmentalists put up a fence around the apple orchard and say, ‘Do not touch the apple orchard because it may spoil the apple orchard.’”

Ignoring a Biblical injunction not to pick apples--
What  could  possibly  go wrong ?


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

                                     THE  VICAR  OF  OZ

Oklahoma's gift to the nation has gone on the air: 

In Oklahoma’s early days, an oil patch hack was thought a cur,
But I climatic truth reviled, and gained great preferment, sir!

If  science’s laws do not obtain, no science need you cite, sir,
All weather’s due to cosmic rays, I'm paid to say ‘tis right, sir!

Since  great  praise  of  CO2  can 
 further  my  promotion,
I'll ban science from my mind, and damn the warming notion

Here science’s laws do not obtain-no science can you cite, sir,
For through rains and hurricanes, I always bank my pay, sir!

Ronald Reagan’s treaty treating ozone with compassion  
Soon  gave way to  fat  Al  Gore’s Apocalyptic  passion,
As  temperatures in  Tulsa rose in most alarming fashion

But science’s laws there don’t obtain-my  bloggerel I'll cite, sir,
For though blistering drought may reign, my  paycheck's always right, sir.

Now  Pruitt’s  come  to  Washington 'tis warm in  February,
But pay the steaming swamp no mind, the White House says be merry.

Here where  science can’t prevail, we vicars drink fine sherry
And from our K Street pulpits bray Climate-what, me worry?
This much is sure, I shall endure, the vicar never pays, sir!

Monday, February 26, 2018

 FANTASTIC  CLIMATOLOGY : THE  MEDIEVAL  WARM PERIOD

Noted Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast Oakes Spalding may take a dim view of climate science:

Global Warming is a Pagan Lie, 

So Why is the Vicar of Christ Shoving it Down Our Throats?


Global warming is a pagan lie. We're calling it "global warming" and not "climate change" because that's what it was originally called before they changed the name to make it less of a blatant contradiction to the facts. Global warming is false, of course. There wasn't much evidence for it to begin with and there is even less now. Indeed, there is currently much evidence against it.

I'm calling it a lie because much of the "evidence" for it has been fabricated or doctored in an intentional and deliberate mockery of the scientific method that would have made the creator of Piltdown man proud.

But why do I call it a pagan lie?

Well, to begin with, some of the assumptions underlying the overall ideology of global warming amount to earth worship...i
t's no coincidence that its biggest boosters are pro-contraception, pro-abortion, and anti-population...

This whole thing is evil. It drips it. 

It's not a silly encyclical, ghostwritten by a deranged loudmouthed archbishop who wrote  a kissing manual.  Nor is it  a meaningless toss-off, directed by  a former Archbishop,  narcissistically addicted to secular praise.

It will be an evil document."

But he is a published authority on the Fantastic Climatology               of The Medieval Warm Period:

According to the author : 
It's an almanac for the fantasy gamer
No more annoying die rolling or consulting an app or online program to generate a random or patternless result. With FANTASY WEATHER you can see all of it at a glance. Whether you're using Dungeons & Dragons 5e, an OSR retro-clone or any other current or past game or mechanic, this is the last word on weather for your roleplaying needs, 
Seven Years of Fantasy Weather includes four pages of introductory material featuring a glossary of weather event terms and effects and a (slightly altered) excerpt from the Wilderness travel rules section of Seven Voyages of Zylarthen. But the weather effects (in terms of movement and chances of getting lost) are built-in to the charts, and obviously the wilderness rules can be be used as is, mined for ideas or simply ignored.

Someone should write a book about this sort of thing- a  real  book ,  that  is ,  like  this  classic  fisking  of pseudoarchaeology cranks & poseurs by late Harvard  Peabody Museum Director Stephen Williams


Sunday, February 25, 2018

                              RAINING  FROGS  REMAIN
               THE  BEST  CLIMATE  COMMUNICATORS


Danny Bloom says:
23 Feb 2018 at 12:05 AM
A ‘cli-fi’ stage play ‘Extreme Whether’ written and directed by veteran playwright Karen Malpede is set for March 1-18 run in Manhattan. If you live anywhere near... make a beeline for the La MaMa theater to see this timely show...

Heralded as “brilliant” and “important” in performances in French and English in Paris several years ago...“Exteme Whether” — not ”weather” but ”whether” please note — is a fierce expose of politically motivated censorship and a look at the courage it takes to keep up the fight for truth against immensely powerful forces.
TWO  THUMBS  DOWN
It is, also, equally, a love story: of people for nature, a girl for a deformed frog, two  embattled  climate scientists  for  truth and one another, and an old man , "Uncle" ...
Theater Three Collaborative is a social justice internationally touring theater company.

The Times of Israel

‘Blade Runner 2049’ gives climate change a starring role with ‘global cooling’ meme

Danny Bloom 17 October 2017

When I lived in Tokyo in the 1990s,... Tokyo at night was and still is “Blade Runner” writ large.
The film was set in a near future of 2019. We are almost there.
Now comes the latest iteration of the “Blade Runner” meme in 2017 and it’s titled “Blade Runner 2049” since it takes place 30 years later — in 2049.
And this new movie is a cli-fi film, and it gives climate change a starring role.

 But there’s just one problem: while the movie talks about climate change, viewers will see that Los Angeles in 2049 is 30 degrees cooler than today’s temperatures and is also hit by strong sub-Arctic blasts of cold air. ”Global warming,” or ”global cooling”?
Leah Schade, a visionary ”eco-preacher” who is a Lutheran professor of preaching and worship at the Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, recently wrote a very good article on the Patheos website about the new movie, which she headlined 
ecopreacher

Blade Runner 2049: Cli-Fi at Its Best

Blade Runner 2049 imagines a futuristic 

Cli-fi, short for climate fiction, is a genre that narrates the present and future world through the lens of climate change. Cli-fi can help folks understand climate change more effectively than charts and numbers alone.  Because it’s the stories that help us imagine what lies ahead – and what is worth saving now.  As John Siciliano notes in the Washington Examinerclimate change gets a starring role in Blade Runner 2049.

Blade Runner 2049 is cli-fi at its best.

Not only is the film a cinematic masterpiece, it imagines a future shaped by the effects of climate change and explores what it means to be human in an inhumane time.  The original Blade Runner was itself prescient about climate change.  The movie rendered a Los Angeles landscape saturated with rain (a warmer atmosphere absorbs more moisture) and devoid of any animals except those that are genetically-engineered (due to loss of habitat and toxic environments leading to species extinctions).
Blade Runner 2049 continues the saga.  According to the film’s website, the planet 30 years later is affected by dramatic shifts in weather and climate.  Huge sea walls are built between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean to protect the city from rising sea levels.  The desertification of Las Vegas is stark and total (at least at first glance).  And the only greenery is seen in a holographic bubble of a scientist’s laboratory.  But, oddly, snow squalls swirl unexpectedly in LA.  How can this be? 
Blade Runner 2049 is premised on an environmental twist.

According to the movie’s timeline, a nuclear detonation explodes in 2022 over the West Coast which obliterates electronic data and shuts down cities for weeks.  Data and financial records are obliterated, and communications are severed, leading to chaos and mass hunger.  Presumably, this also leads to a kind of nuclear winter, and ensuing sub-arctic blasts that periodically turn LA’s rain into snow.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

                        A  MAJOR  IRONY  MALFUNCTION


WAS  CANCELLED  AFTER  A  PANELIST  WAS
BREITBART  BEGAN SUPPRESSING SCIENTIFIC  REPLIES 
TO ITS CLIMATE DENIAL CAMPAIGN FIVE YEARS AGO.

MAYBE THEY  SHOULD JUST THROW THEM  ON  THE  BARBIE

Doubts raised over Australia’s plan to release herpes to wipe out carp
Warm water may render the virus ineffective against the invasive fish, say researchers.



An Australian plan to kill invasive carp by releasing a virus into waterways has come under fire from researchers who argue that the tactic will not eradicate enough fish... The proposal is to infect carp with a strain of herpes called CyHV-3, which has caused mass fish deaths in the United States and Japan.

Many researchers have previously warned of possible far-reaching consequences of the plan, including rivers  clogged with decaying fish corpses and further disruption to native ecosystems. Now, six researchers argue in a letter published in Science1 on 22 February that the virus is unlikely to be effective.
Carp carnage
The common carp was first introduced to Australia from Europe in the nineteenth century, but the biggest disruptions to ecosystems happened after a particularly hardy strain escaped from a fish farm in the early 1960s. With a single fish capable of producing more than one million eggs in a breeding cycle, carp now make up an estimated 80–90% of the fish biomass in parts of the Murray–Darling Basin, the breadbasket region of southeast Australia...
In 2016, the Australian government... tested the effects of the virus on animals including 13 native fish species, as well as chickens, mice, frogs and turtles, and concluded that it is safe for them. The virus is only known to affect the common carp and ornamental koi, in which the expected mortality rate is over 70%.
However, the Science letter says...   that the disease develops only when water temperatures are between 16 ºC and 28 ºC. Populations of carp that survive the initial viral epidemic in hot or cold spots would be able to replenish the population quickly, say the authors.

Friday, February 23, 2018

RELAX, HE STOPPED  41 BOOKS  SHORT OF  THE APOCALYPSE

In a sermon to  interview with the  Christian Broadcasting Network published yesterday,  EPA  Administrator  Scott Pruitt said his faith inspired him to be like the nation's founding fathers-- before entering politics, he prayed for insight into God's plan for him and found an answer  in The Book of Isaiah:
"Specifically, in the latter part of Chapter 1, where God says to Israel,  
'I will restore your leaders as in the days of old, your judges as at the beginning.'  
There was just a desire that welled up in me to say, 'I want to be like those leaders that we had at our founding at the inception of our country...

The biblical worldview with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we've been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind,...

Truly and clearly, the climate changes,... For someone to say that someone's a skeptic or climate denier about the climate changing, that's just nonsensical. 

We see that throughout history. "

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      AND  A  MIGHTY  GOBBLING  WAS  HEARD  IN  THE  LAND

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

          ALL  THE  CLIMATE NEWS  THAT'S  FIT  TO  TWEET

There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That wasn't working too well 
because it was getting too cold all over the place.



Monday, February 19, 2018

                      A  RISING  SWAMP   LIFTS  ALL  DOLTS

Greenwire  reports:
Trump energy adviser's White House run went up in smoke
Unless George David Banks, who resigned  last  week  after  being denied  security  clearance  over marijuana use in 2013,  moves on to another Trump administration post at the Department of Energy, or the Department of the Interior, he may beat a happy retreat to the fever swamps of K Street. 
"Going back  to be  a  full-time  swamp  creature ”
 he said, “ is certainly an attractive option."...
The administration, Banks said, 'is mulling positions for him at the Interior or Energy department. It's not clear yet what's available"

He said he plans to rejoin the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) next month and has taken a seat on the advisory board for ClearPath, the conservative clean energy advocacy group... and the "clean coal" initiative he had been leading.
" It was  Energy  Secretary  Perry's  idea, the "clean coal" initiative.  He announced it  in  Africa.  The idea has been accepted by the administration, and what's to be decided is the shape and form of  its implementation. It's going to be "clean fossil." It's  not  just  a  clean  coal coalition."
Asked "How do you blow off steam?" Banks replied:
It's not pot.
I love flea markets. It's really going to flea markets and collecting stuff I'm really into. Vintage baseball cards, coins, "Star Wars" toys. But I definitely spend a lot of time over the next months getting healthy again..."

Sunday, February 18, 2018

                                         BALL'S  THEOREM

Mustelid finds Tim Ball incredible

RICHARD CONNOLLEY WRITES:
"There's been a long-running lawsuit of Andrew Weaver against Tim Ball, who said naughty things about him. For background, or the-right-guys-won, see the Smoggies or Sou or doubtless others. And you can read the judgement itself. If you'd like to be told that TB won, then WUWT is your source; or in somewhat more detail, but be careful how much of that you read because even they can't help but quote some incriminating material. Judith Curry has a reasonably balanced set of quotes which cannot but look bad for TB, but of course she can't help veering off to her hobby-horse, Mann. The main substance of the judge's conclusion is that

the Article is poorly written and does not advance credible arguments in favour of Dr. Ball’s theory about the corruption of climate science. Simply put, a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views, including his views of Dr. Weaver as a supporter of conventional climate science. In Vellacott v. Saskatoon Star Phoenix Group Inc. et al, 2012 SKQB 359 [Vellacott], the court found that certain published comments were not defamatory because they were so ludicrous and outrageous as to be unbelievable and therefore incapable of lowering the reputation of the plaintiff in the minds of right-thinking persons (at para. 70). While the impugned words here are not as hyperbolic as the words in Vellacott, they similarly lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.

There is more, which I'll get to, but that's the main point; and of course, it is the version that makes Ball the loser: his article cannot be defamatory, because it isn't credible to any but the credulous."
For a more disinterested legal commentary, WUWT offers:
Tim Ball’s Victory in the First Climate Lawsuit Judgment – The Backstory
By, wait for it      Dr. Tim Ball



This is not a polar bear
In one of his better efforts, Ball proposed changes in 16th & 17th century landscape painting as  a proxy for  cosmic rays.
The noted Hudson Bay blanket authority and Canadian goose historian theorized that increased cloud cover in paintings constituted a better cosmic ray flux proxy than the inconvenient CERN cloud chamber results. He opined in WUWT that the  shift in baroque painting, from  blue skies  to  cloudy gray, signified that rising cosmic rays must have caused the Little Ice Age.