Road Warriors

September 22, 2007

Mrs G and I are traveling tomorrow, but this time will take laptops and cellular modems.

There may be a gap in postings of a day or so while we get these to work in darkest mainland Europe.


Having A Laugh

September 22, 2007

There’s a report that some biofuels produce more greenhouse gases than regular gasoline. This may or may not be true, but it’s a reminder that CO2 is a quite minor greenhouse gas.

Measurements of emissions from the burning of biofuels derived from rapeseed and maize have been found to produce more greenhouse gas emissions than they save.

Other biofuels, especially those likely to see greater use over the next decade, performed better than fossil fuels but the study raises serious questions about some of the most commonly produced varieties.

Rapeseed and maize biodiesels were calculated to produce up to 70 per cent and 50 per cent more greenhouse gases respectively than fossil fuels. The concerns were raised over the levels of emissions of nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Even the Greens on Wikipedia admit biggest greenhouse gas is water vapor:

Water vapor is a larger contributor to the greenhouse effect that CO2. “Just a rise of 1% of water vapour could raise the global average temperature of Earth’s surface more then 4 degrees Celsius.”

There are plenty more (my emphasis):

Examples of the atmospheric lifetime and GWP for several greenhouse gases include:

  • CO2 has a variable atmospheric lifetime, and cannot be specified precisely Recent work indicates that recovery from a large input of atmospheric CO2 from burning fossil fuels will result in an effective lifetime of tens of thousands of years. Carbon dioxide is defined to have a GWP of 1 over all time periods.
  • Methane has an atmospheric lifetime of 12 ± 3 years and a GWP of 62 over 20 years, 23 over 100 years and 7 over 500 years. The decrease in GWP associated with longer times is associated with the fact that the methane is degraded to water and CO2 by chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
  • Nitrous oxide has an atmospheric lifetime of 120 years and a GWP of 296 over 100 years.
  • CFC-12 has an atmospheric lifetime of 100 years and a GWP of 10600 (over 100 years).
  • HCFC-22 has an atmospheric lifetime of 12.1 years and a GWP of 1700 (over 100 years).
  • Tetrafluoromethane has an atmospheric lifetime of 50,000 years and a GWP of 5700 (over 100 years).
  • Sulfur hexafluoride has an atmospheric lifetime of 3,200 years and a GWP of 22000 (over 100 years).

If Sulfur hexafluoride is indeed 22,000 times more greenhousy than CO2, here’s the basis of another scare theory:

SF6 plasma is also used in the semiconductor industry as an etchant.

Let’s assume that the world has recently become warmer – what’s the biggest change since WW2?

Semiconductors.

So we must blame Gordon Moore, and start rationing PCs.

As well, of course, as avoiding biofuels.


We’ve Passed The French Test!

September 22, 2007

France has decided to join us, so we must be winning.

The French are a deeply opportunist people who only do things that are of immediate value to them – think of 60 million Bill Gateses.

Now they’ve decided that a) Mullahs with nukes will harm France, and b) The US is winning in Iraq, and is not a busted flush. And so:

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has directly accused Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb and urged “stronger sanctions” against Teheran.

It was the latest sign that Mr Sarkozy is positioning France as America’s key European ally in tackling Teheran’s nuclear ambitions.

Mr Sarkozy said France did not want a war, but flatly declared in a television interview that “Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb”.

He added: “That is unacceptable and I tell the French people it is unacceptable.”

It’s not just talk – here’s a very good suggestion:

Representatives of the Security Council’s five permanent members met in Washington yesterday to discuss more sanctions, but China and Russia are both opposed to the move, pointing to a new agreement between Iran and inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

France has countered by suggesting that European countries bypass the UN and impose bilateral sanctions on Iran. These measures could have a severe effect on Teheran.

Plus they’re learning from success:

After years of spurning British political methods as incompatible with the French social model, Gallic ministers are flocking to London to seek inspiration on how to modernise their government.

At least six French ministers have crossed the channel since Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president in May.

If they keep this up, we might just start drinking their wine again.


Crocodile Fodder

September 21, 2007

Churchill said ” An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last” and by crocodiles he meant Germans. But now they’re doing the feeeding.

Germany (helped by Switzerland) was the chief enabler of the nuclear arming of Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and now maybe Syria. And they can’t seem to stop:

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said with respect to Iran, “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst, sir, is war.” He called for “more effective sanctions,” as a follow on to President Nicholas Sarkozy’s warning last month that the alternative is “an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran.”

The welcome change in French attitudes, moreover, is not being matched by Germany, which in some respects is literally trying to demonstrate a “business as usual” approach.

Germany exported about $5bn. in goods to Iran last year, representing a substantial growth in exports over the last six years.

This year, German exports have reportedly dropped 20 percent, presumably due to the Western sanctions campaign. But Germany is dragging its feet, both economically and diplomatically, with respect to tightening the pressure on Teheran.

As Reuters reported on Friday, “A split has emerged in the coalition of Western powers pressuring Iran to freeze its nuclear enrichment program, as France backs US calls for a new round of sanctions while Germany urges restraint.”

Germany, together with France and the UK (the EU-3) has been negotiating with the Mullahs since early 2003, and claimed success when:

On October 21, 2003, in Tehran, the Iranian government and EU-3 Foreign Ministers issued a statement in which Iran agreed to co-operate with the IAEA, to sign and implement an Additional Protocol as a voluntary, confidence-building measure, and to suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities during the course of the negotiations.

Of course it didn’t happen, and it never will until the Mullahs have a satisfactory inventory of nukes and delivery systems.

The German government knows this, and still feeds the Iranian with advanced technology. They presumably calculate that the 2,200 Km range Shahab 3D is no threat.

But when the North Koreans (Iran’s new best friend) get the bugs out of the 4,000+ Km range Taepodong-2, Berlin is, er, screwed.


A Queens Welcome For Ahmadinejad

September 20, 2007

Here’s an excellent suggestion on how New York should greet this evil little creep.

The person who could prevent this entire farce from taking place is the district attorney of Queens County, Richard Brown.

When Mr. Ahmadinejad flies into John F. Kennedy International Airport, he’ll be in Queens.

That is the borough of Specialist Jonathan Rivadeneira of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, who was killed on Friday in Iraq by an improvised explosive device of the sort that American officials say are supplied and crafted by Iran.

Rivadeneira’s death left his mother, Martha Clark of Jackson Heights, Queens, childless.

Let Mr. Brown seek a warrant for Mr. Ahmadinejad’s arrest and give him a true civics lesson in an American dock. Let’s just say we have no doubt that, were a warrant issued…New York’s Finest would be delighted to enforce it.

This would involve a breach of diplomatic immunity, but we know Ahmadinejad is relaxed about that.


Make A Desert And Call It Peace

September 20, 2007

Rice wants Israel to cede the one thing it lacks – territory – to a bunch of totalitarian killer states, in return for peace. Every neighbor of Israel, with the exception of Egypt, has reneged on every previous deal of this type. We must hope her process fails. Because if she succeeds, she’ll trigger the greatest mass slaughter the world has known.

Readers will know this, but it sometimes helps to state the obvious.

Rice:

There are many obstacles to overcome through hard work ahead of the Washington conference in November, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Israeli President Shimon Peres in a private meeting in Jerusalem Thursday…

In her meeting with Peres, Rice said it was time to advance the peace process. The secretary of state added that despite the many hurdles to overcome, there was an atmosphere of peace and sincere will to reach an agreement between both parties.

Israel has these neighbors: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Hamastan (Gaza), Fatahstan (West Bank).

Egypt is not actively attacking Israel (it has too much US aid to lose).

Syria is deploying nerve gas equipped Scuds, may be building nukes, and has resumed killing Lebanese politicians that oppose it.

The Lebanese territory ceded by Israel is run by another terror group that (protected by the UN) has rearmed to at least its pre-2006 war level.

Hamastan was ceded by Israel 2 years ago, is now entirely controlled by a terrorist group committed to Israel’s destruction which is busily rocketing Israel.

Fatahstan is run by the group responsible for this (my ellipsis):

Between 2000 and 2006, the unit has succeeded in nearly seven bombings (in Israel) that have killed 37 and injured 250 people.

Here’s a map of the Middle East, courtesy the Ariel Center that shows the territory Israel has available to cede to these homicidal neighbors:

Ariel Center Map

Rice and her fellow appeasers in Europe should know that the Manhattan Project was led by Jews, that materials sciences and nuclear physics have moved on immensely since current nuke designs were frozen in the 60s, and that in consequence mortally-threatened Israel is quite capable of producing weapons that put H-bombs in the shade.

In that case the red and orange parts of the map could end up deserts.

That’s a sort of peace.


Bush Infinitely More Popular Than Congress

September 19, 2007

Here’s Reuters, edited to remove Dem damage limitation.

A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July.

…29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance, below his worst Zogby poll mark of 30 percent in March.

At -3 points every 2 months, Congress will hit zero in April next year.

At -1 point every 6 months, Bush will leave office at 26.5% approval.

26.5/0 is infinity.