Warming Wisdom

May 31, 2007

Here’s a very rational analysis of the threat of global warmening.

The head of NASA (my ellipsis):

“I have no doubt…that a trend of global warming exists,” NASA administrator Michale Griffin told National Public Radio…

“I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

“To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change,” Griffin said.

“First of all, I don’t think it’s within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown,” he continued.

“And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”

Good man.

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Turkeys, Christmas

May 31, 2007

Commie Brits seek early demise.

A day after the British Union of Colleges and Universities (UCU) voted to consider imposing a boycott on Israeli academics, UNISON, the largest labor union in Britain, threatened to impose a boycott of their own on Israeli products.

Their boycott would have include all sorts of useful things, including search engines, and PCs and Macs (Pentium family, Israeli designed). And these:

May 30, 2007: Singapore has joined Israel, Britain and the United States as a major user of the Hermes 450 UAV.

Last year, Britain adopted two new models of UAV, the Watchkeeper 180 and the Watchkeeper 450. Both UAVs are based on Israeli designs (the Hermes 180 and 450).

The two Watchkeepers were supposed to be ready for service in 2005, but various problems delayed that, and now these aircraft are not expected to enter service until 2010.

Commies may think they can survive without UAVs, but they know they can’t produce their propaganda without PCs (or, as they term them, PC’s).


Unwinding Foreign Entanglements

May 31, 2007

After WW2 the US led the creation of five international organizations to promote peace and prosperity. Now these have become incompetent and corrupt, the American people have noticed, and the reign of the international fat cat is over.

Irwin Stelzer dissects these institutions.

The UN

There is a mounting feeling that money spent to support the UN – its reputation already seriously dented by the oil-for-food scandal, its members devoted to embarrassing America and Israel while forgiving Arab nations all their sins – might not be in America’s long-term interests.

NATO

As America takes mounting casualties in Afghanistan, EU countries, with Britain the notable and honourable exception, refuse to provide significant support for an effort in which they agreed to participate.

The handful of German troops are not allowed out of their barracks after dark, and soldiers from other nations patrol the most peaceful regions of that violent country.

…Americans are increasingly aware that Europe is funding its generous welfare states by stinting on military spending, something they can do because they rely on American-funded Nato “assets” such as transport planes.

This is borne out by its response to the huge Russian cyberattack on NATO member Estonia – NATO sent one official (who took notes).

G8

The admission to this institution of gangster-state Russia has destroyed what marginal value it had, and hence:

…Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s decision not to attend the recent meeting of G8 foreign ministers…

World Trade Organization

It looks to many Americans as if access to the vast US market has been freely granted, while France protects its farmers, China steals its intellectual property, Japan and China undervalue their currencies, and the EU subsidises Airbus to the detriment of Boeing and its workforce.

World Bank

When Hilary Benn decided to join the German-led pack baying for Paul Wolfowitz’s blood, it must have seemed a good idea…

Benn & Co. prevailed after, as the Financial Times reported: “Washington was unable to rely on London, its closest European ally, for backing. Hilary Benn is known to have been opposed to Mr Wolfowitz staying in office.”

It is impossible to imagine that the International Development Secretary, who lusts after the deputy leadership and preferment from Gordon Brown, acted without his future patron’s approval.

The WSJ (which has lots of moles in the Bank) is feeding the US financial community regular tidbits on the Bank’s corruption – today it spotlights its New Zealand managing director, a shining example of the Mandelson Effect.

The Democrats are naturally isolationist, so if they win the presidency they’ll leave these outfits. And a Republican winner would acknowledge that 7 years of GOP blood spilt trying to reform them has had zero results, so they’ll pull the plug too.

Hence in 2010, there’ll be prime real estate for sale on the East River, a glut of premium office space in Washington and Zurich, and a large hole in the economy of Belgium.

And the G8 will be the D7 (Dwarf 7).


Foreign Strength, Domestic Weakness

May 30, 2007

Bush and Blair share these characteristics. You can argue with their foreign policy tactics, but they are following rational policies addressing the risks of nuclear armed rogue states. But domestically, they’re weak-minded appeasers.

The president’s attack on opponents of his immigration bill is an example of fuzzy-minded appeasement:

President Bush yesterday rebuked members of his own political party for trying to “frighten people” into opposing his immigration bill, prompting a quick backlash from some Republicans.

“Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don’t like,” Mr. Bush said…

“If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all,” Mr. Bush said.

But granting resident visas to between 12 and 20 million felons is not a “narrow slice” of the bill – in fact it’s the only part that happens as soon as it is passed.

And it won’t “solve the problem once and for all”, but instead trigger another wave of illegal immigrants.

If it’s any consolation, Churchill was also weak on domestic policy and execution.


London

May 30, 2007

We’re visiting for a few days. It’s a cold, rainy, charming, and expensive construction site. And the Brit Nanny State is creepily in evidence.

Close to our flat there’s an ancient Brit institution, a kids playground – slides, swings, seesaws etc. When I was small, these were made of cast iron and solid wood and set in concrete. So there were serious consequences if you lost your grip or tripped, and that made us agile.

Since that time, the playgrounds have been sanitized with safety rails and cushioned surfaces.

Our local playground is being reconstructed, at a cost of about $250,000. A sign proudly announces that the “old” equipment, installed in 1992, no longer meets safety standards so had been condemned as dangerous.

Presumably the new system will be so cushioned that aggravated parents who drop their howling brats on the play surface will see the little wretches just bounce right back.

This is not a good thing.


Parfait!

May 29, 2007

AFP – a French combination of AP and Reuters – reports.

Syrian President Bashar Assad won a referendum on extending his presidency for second term, garnering 97.62 percent of votes.

At a press conference, Interior Minister Bassam Abdel-Majid said 95.86 percent of eligible voters – 11.19 million – took part in the vote. Only 1.71 percent voted against renewing Assad’s presidency for another term.

The minister said 253,000 votes were invalidated.

“The wide consensus showcases Syria’s political maturity and our multi-party politics,” the minister added.

No doubt the AFP photographers are now busy photoshopping out what happened to that pesky 1.71%.


Deterring Kidnappers

May 29, 2007

The Mullahs just kidnapped US citizens, and the US should respond in kind.

U.S. academic Haleh Esfandiari and two other Iranian-Americans have been “formally charged” with endangering national security and espionage, Iran’s judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.

“Esfandiari has been formally charged with endangering national security through propaganda against the system and espionage for foreigners,” spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi told reporters. “She has been informed of the charges against her.”

The Mullahs raped and murdered the last Western woman they kidnapped this way.

Possibly they want the US to return Iranian troops captured fighting in Iraq. But if the US accedes to this demand, more Iranian weapons, bomb planters, and headhackers will swarm into Iraq.

So the only solution is the ancient one – reprisal.

The CIA and FBI will have plenty of Iranian agents under surveillance, and the US should pull in a hundred of these for interrogation and only release them when the hostages come home unharmed.

Going forward, the US should kill all Iranians it captures in Iraq.