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Some rare kudos from me to Chris Christie for putting Kaci Hickox in quarantine. Somewhat under-reported is that she briefly spiked a fever.

I don’t know about you, but when somebody who has had direct contact with Ebola patients comes home and has a measurable fever, a bit of a time-out is in order.

Fuck her and the horse she rode in on for complaining about her rights being violated.

But hey – let’s make the story all about how Christie (and Cuomo) might run for President and could have ulterior motives.

A Victory

Posted: August 27, 2014 by veeshir in It's Science!, PEBKAC, Random Crap, Win!

They finally got to do research on the Kennewick man.

The skull, while clearly old, did not look Native American. …the teeth were cavity-free (signaling a diet low in sugar and starch) and worn down to the roots—a combination characteristic of prehistoric teeth. Chatters then noted something embedded in the hipbone. It proved to be a stone spearpoint, which seemed to clinch that the remains were prehistoric. He sent a bone sample off for carbon dating. The results: It was more than 9,000 years old.

It’s going to be interesting, here’s a link to the book with the results. It’s high dollar so if you do buy it, you should do it from Ace’s or the Puppy Blender (That’s where I saw the link) as they make money off that, we don’t make squat.

For those who don’t know, the Kennewick man is a skeleton at least 9,000 years old and doesn’t look like an American Indian, For some reason, American Indians fought to keep it from being studied. I’m not sure of the real reason, I know the tactics they used to try to keep it from being studied, but I’m not sure why.

I was pretty pissed of that people were trying to fight it being studied. We could study it and then bury it with whatever honors they wanted, but that wasn’t good enough.

 

It also spawned a  bunch of whole conspiracy deals, like that it’s an alien’s skeleton and man is descended from the aliens (The Pak Conspiracy), or one of the conspiracies that is actually pretty plausible. It stated that today’s American Indians didn’t want it publicized that there were people , maybe white people, here before their ancestors.

That could mean they’re just like whitey except their ancestors did it thousands of years ago instead of just a little over a hundred and at least we didn’t eat the people we killed.

Smod Over Parma

Posted: August 10, 2014 by veeshir in Funniest End of Civilization Evah, It's Science!

Apparently, SMOD doesn’t stand for Sweet Meteor Of Death but Sweet Moon Of Death.

Lunar activity is said to mark the END OF TIME, with some religious groups believing it to be a sign of the JUDGEMENT DAY.

It occurs when the moon’s path of orbit leads it to sweep dangerously close to Earth causing tides to rise and the crust of the planet to shift.

The Bible gives terrifying warnings of impending doom signalled by rare and foreboding cycles of the moon.

But wait! There’s still more!!!!!

The supermoon is coincidentally timed to virtually clash with an annual explosion of ‘fireballs’ due on Tuesday.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the highlights of the year for astronomers producing a spectacular light show in the heavens.

 

That’s erie.

Dueling SMODs?

So we have that going for us.

Via DougM at the only ‘stan that isn’t actively trying to kill me. (So fat as I know)

SondraKi

I bet NOAA would like a do-over on this

 

It would be funny if… wait, it is funny. They weren’t even close, they’d correct it but they’re too busy calling me a denier.

 

Via Borepatch

IMIO

Posted: March 5, 2014 by veeshir in Funniest End of Civilization Evah, Green Goofs, It's Science!

Cause and implication of the global worming pause.

In my ignorant opinion the cause is the Sun and the implications are that Global Warmmongers lie.

That is all.

Important Update Below!!!!!

Global warmmongers lie, it’s what they do.

They’ve been flailing around blaming the global worming “pause” on everything but the Sun, so now they claim it’s volcanoes that are doing it.

But wait, global worming is caused by rising CO2, right? And volcanoes emit fantabulous amounts of CO2, right?

So in other words, more CO2 emitted by evil people causes global worming while more CO2 emitted by natural volcanoes pauses global worming.

The science is settled dontcha know. What are you, some kind of denier?

In related news, the mann who lied about winning a Nobel Prize, who sues people who point out his serial “mistakes”, and who is…well, let’s let Mark Steyn tell you, he’s already being sued.

Steve McIntyre continues his examinations of Dr Mann’s false claims to have been “exonerated” by various investigations and inquiries. As Steve has said, these claims are as false as his claim to be a Nobel Laureate, which he made in the original complaint….

(from Mann’s defence  claiming he was proven correct V)…The report examined whether manipulation or suppression of data occurred and concluded that “the scientists’ rigor and honesty are not in doubt. [38 – Muir Russell Report]“…

…Sir Muir’s findings apply only to the “CRU scientists” – that’s to say, employees of the University of East Anglia, …. So, as evidence of Michael Mann’s “exoneration”, the best his lawyers can come up with is a fake quote from a report exonerating some people he happens to be acquainted with.

The defence…(defense?) rests.

Well, not so much important as hilarious update! Via the Warmlist we see a story from 2009 claiming that Global Worming is helping al Quaeda and the Taliban.

This is not a photoshop

ABC Al Qaeda and Taliban Being Helped By Global Warming 1

Sputter.

It’s freaking confusing out there.

You’ve all seen the vid (or at least, saw a link to the vid with some commentary) of the State Dept. Spokestool being unsure as to whether the ambassador to Argentina speaks Spanish. Since we don’t click links here, and why it’s confusing, that vid is being touted by the RNC?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

Is the GOP going to get some brains and some balls? I mean, the whole idea is absurd on the face of it, but….. stranger things have happened.

Like the USPS explaining how they need to be loansharks(PDF warning).

Like most gov’t publications, it starts with a typo.

 Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved

Should read

 Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Undeserving

They are talking about people who can’t/don’t have a bank account.

From the link.

some 68 million adults. They are an economically diverse mix of working and middle class families, poor and unemployed people hurt by the recent economic crisis, young people,immigrants, and others who are trying to make it paycheck to paycheck. Together, they represent a huge market. In 2012, they spent about $89 billion just on interest and fees for alternative financial services.

They want to take advantage of the chaos created by Obama and become Pay Day Loans.

I’m confused on this one. It’s a gov’t tax on the poor and/or stupid, an undertaxed segment (only the lottery so far as I know), so I should be fer it.

On the other hand, I don’t know if the gov’t needs to get involved in that bottom-feeding industry, so I’m kind of agin it, especially since the gov’t played such a huge role in embiggening that market.

On the gripping hand (carpe scrotum), it’s the gov’t, how efficient will they be? They’ll charge 200% interest and the program will still be in the red in about a week, so I really should be agin it.

On a fourth hand, is it Constitutional? Can the USPS ( or indeed, any gov’t agency) be pay day loans?

Yeah, I know that last one is only a mental exercise not anything that has to do with the real world, but I always like posing that question to myself and trying to find justification for my position in wording of the Constitution.

Related but not really confusing (except that people don’t notice it)

I like the mention of the “middle class” there. The Obama admin always has one of two things in any bit (often both), the “Middle Class” and “Infrastructure”.

The Farm Bill is a bill of giving money to anybody who can convince the gov’t that the gov’t needs to give them money to not grow food and now with added food stamps. So how does Obama characterize it as he’s signing it?

A jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a conservation bill, a research bill. It’s like a Swiss Army knife,”

It is, of course, none of those things. Well, except the Swiss Army Knife, it’s a diverse grouping of generally unrelated things, briberies instead of tools of course.

He worked “working families” in, but ignored the middle class. So I guess that’s sort of confusing.

Didn’t we win the Cold War? Wasn’t Soviet communism pretty much thoroughly discredited when the USSR collapsed? Don’t we all remember the murderousness of the Iron Curtain?

NBC Calls Communism “One of Modern History’s Pivotal Experiments” During Sochi Olympics Intro Video…

Hilarious. But calling a Democrat a “socialist” or a “communist” is Verboten!

Doesn’t Geraldo still claim to be a journalist? I think so, but here we have Geraldo giving O’Reilly a hard time for being disrespectful to Geraldo’s Teleprompter Jesus for asking him questions that were about actual issues instead of a fawning suck-fest. Among other things, O’Reilly dared to mention in a question that Obama was once a Community Organizer.

I’ll admit, I’ve only watched a few seconds of the video, I can take O’Reilly for short periods, I can often listen to his whole opening pontification for instance, but I cannot take Geraldo for more than .24 seconds no matter how hard I try.

I do enjoy watching him get his nose broken, but I don’t watch the clips anymore because I don’t watch Springer and I didn’t watch Jerry Rivers and all the clips show the run-up and don’t focus enough on him getting hit in the face with a chair.

Lebanese still confused about the Party of God. The NGO here is a Lebanese one.

a group of humanitarian NGO workers were leaving … the target of frequent, sometimes fatal shelling by Syrian regime …, they might well have imagined they were putting the day’s danger behind them and heading for safer terrain.

If so, however, that illusion was dispelled when their van – clearly marked with the logo of (their NGO) …an ad hoc checkpoint manned by plain-clothed gunmen …

Ordered out of the vehicle, the five of them were detained for six hours, …subjected to hostile interrogation and even beating. Some, indeed, were left with “serious injuries,” …

… Halabi told NOW it was “obvious” it was Hezbollah,

You idiots, the people you wanted to go to war against The Joooooooooos  went to war with al Quaeda instead.

Since al Quaeda likes truck bombs and suicide bombers too and they’re not nearly as squeamish and polite as the Jews, the Party of God has had to get rougher and rougher in Lebanon because that’s how they tighten security, they’re fucking terrorists.

Holy crap, this is unbelievable, I never realized how absurd Mann’s hockey stick bullshittery actually is. He used tree ring data for previous centuries and then…

At the precise moment when the tree-ring proxies and actual temperatures are in near perfect agreement on a decades-long cooling trend, Mann dumps the tree rings and moves to “observed temperatures” – which have been conveniently revised upward from when they were originally observe

Seriously? I knew he altered data to get his graph, but I didn’t realize also threw out/ignored other data that was related to the data he was using.

How did actual scientists go along with that?

Every global warmmoner needs to be shunned by anybody and everybody who thinks science should not be used to enrich assholes and empower politicians, further, every idiot who smugly told anybody ever that the Science Is Settled should forevermore shut up about anything scientific.

As FrnakJ said the other day,

Science is is the best guesses based on current data made by extremely fallible humans. That’s all it is and ever will be

Science never settles. No question is ever answered once and forever. That’s a fantasy by people who’ve turned science into a magic religion.

Perzactly.

If you disagree, you can go to the planet Pluto with your cold-blooded pet Brontosaurus.