December 16, 2014

Holidays

I never considered that holidays are ingrained into my subconscious.  It felt very odd to see the date as July 4th, or working through Thanksgiving because it was already over in October.

So next up we have Boxing day on the 26th.

Oh and the Ukrainian population has June 19th as Christmas.

Viv

November 06, 2014

Why the Democrats lost.

There are going to be speculations galore about how the Powerful, Wonderful Obama Democrats lost.  It was not because the Republicans had a better ideological message or spent more or any of the other items.  

It is simply a consequence of having a charismatic figurehead with no competence for the job, yet the arrogance to be blinded to that fact.

Look what the American people currently have from six years of governance.

1. Sluggish economic growth. Yes, we've had a couple of strong quarters, but annualized growth throughout the Obama presidency has been less than 2 percent. That is horrendous.

2. Medium income is down $3,000 per household since Obama took office. Astonishing.

3. The labor participation rate is down from 67 percent to 62 percent, which makes the published unemployment rate look much better than it really is. The U6 rate, which includes those who have given up looking for work, remains over 10 percent.

4. More part-time jobs have been created than full-time jobs in last six years.

5. The home ownership rate is down from 67 percent to 64 percent.

6. Taxes went up when the Bush tax cuts were allowed to expire. Liberals will say that’s fine because they only went up on the rich. I say the government did what it too often does and chose to target producers and opportunity creators.

7. ObamaCare is a failure! More people are losing their insurance than are becoming newly insured, and 51 percent of those enrolled in the exchanges say they will not re-up given the opportunity the next time around. Then there are the 29ers (people being limited to 29 hours a week because of ObamaCare mandates) and the 49ers (not the San Francisco ones . . . the businesses intentionally staying under 50 employees to avoid the coverage mandate). There are also thousands of doctors refusing patients with ObamaCare coverage because they can’t cover their costs on the reimbursements, while thousands more doctors are retiring early.

8. The national debt has exceeded $17 trillion for the first time in U.S. history. Remember when Obama declared as a senator that running up debt was unpatriotic? Um. Yeah.

9. From the Middle East to Eastern Europe to Russia to Britain to the Falkland Islands to Latin America to Mexico to the Far East, our foreign policy is a muddled mess. Shockingly to Obama the rest of the world did  not conform to his global ideals just because he gave speeches saying they should.

September 16, 2014

Can we just drop the whole man made global warming nonsense now?

I went out searching an old, old posting of a discussion I had about Global Warming.

As the blog-site and posting is no longer available, even via the various caching sites, I can only paraphrase.

A deal was made that I would admit fully to how wrong I was about the earth temperature being directly and drastically affected by mankind.  When the arctic was nearly ice free during the year 2014.

My counterpart, who should appear in the comments, if he is a man of his word, would denounce Man made global warming and admit the weather system of the earth is much more complex.

While there are still a few months left and in that time the arctic may, somehow, melt.  The probability is slim and none.  Seeing as records are being set for the amount of ice.


So this posting will stand for a bit to see who decides to eat crow.

June 23, 2014

Taking your health into your hands

My wife chided me to lose weight.  It took me too long to realize I needed assistance.

I dropped a bunch, dropped a bunch and got down to a healthy weight. Then slowly gained 30 pounds.  Depression, stress takes its toll and how you deal can deal your body and health quite a blow.

Fast forward to spring 2014.  I have dropped 10 pounds with an eye on the next 10.  I have been messing around with running and finally got to a point where I feel okay to experiment.  Positive steps all along the way.  The Depression is not a daily thing anymore, I actually have moments of joy, which feels really nice.

Anyways, taking control of your health means doing things that allow you to move.  Eat less, eat better, move more, exercise, walk, climb, play etc.

It also means getting your data.  All of us visit the doctor and have some tests at some time or another.  We need to get those notes and those tests and be familiar with them.  You are going to run into some Doctor who feels your LDL and HDL are out of balance and says you should have drug X added to your diet.  Now historically if your LDL and HDL are always at that level it could lead you to question genetics .vs. diagnosis.

My family and I are healthy with a lower level of iron then the average of the population.  We do not have any signs/symptoms of being anemic. However, if a doctor does a single blood test it will flag us for iron supplements which, if taken as prescribed, causes no end to tummy troubles.

That history and the family genetics trump the doctors single source, single sample data.  You need to know this in order to not let modern medicine make you sick.

June 03, 2014

Viva la Canada!

When you go to a foreign land, you expect there to be stark differences, which enhance the experience.  When my wife and I first travelled up north I noted the different grocery items and the colourful monies.  As we were at the Expo, there was no real chance to interact with Canadians doing Canadian things.

We came up to visit relatives for many years, I got a small taste here and there, but very limited as we mostly kept to ourselves and to the more touristy spots.  So it seemed to be an extension of the Pacific Northwest culture.

Now that I have fully immersed I keep finding more contrasts and more nuance in language then before. One of the best things is the politics.  No one up here is a member of a party, they do not register like they do in the states.  This seems to move the discussion from the US Good and Evil, to the arena of ideas.  Also, the government is more sensibly local then in the US. Most provinces do not want federal poking their nose in their business.  So Canadians are more interested in ideas instead of vilification, unless your in the Media...


May 29, 2014

Learning my way

Landed a job in a foreign country.  Because it deals with shipping, I am finding my lack of geographical knowledge in regards to Canada is lacking.  The city of Winnipeg is in Manitoba, I had no clue.  Sure some smaller fare is understandable. But, others not so much.

So I know that Truro is in Nova Scotia, and that the contraction for Nova Scotia is NV.  PEI is Prince Edward Island. and Newfoundland and Labrador are linked.

Saskatoon is in Saskatchewan and Thunder Bay is in Ontario.

The closer to the southern boarder the more towns and people.  So population wise the country is a large stripe.

Oh and PM Harper is NOT the head of state.  That would be Queen Elizabeth and or the Governor General David Johnston.

May 18, 2014

Thou shalt not tolerate opinions or facts not your own...

Amazingly daft that a noted scientist would be pummeled for suggesting that climate models should reflect observation.

Original

On Monday, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson took a tilt at climate skeptics. “The assumption that the vast majority in a scientific field is engaged in fraud or corruption is frankly conspiratorial,” Gerson wrote. As a non-scientist, he decided that the answer to the question of whether humans had warmed the planet was to trust scientists.
The article’s timing was unfortunate. Three weeks ago, Lennart Bengtsson, a leading Swedish meteorologist approaching his 80s, announced that he was joining the avowedly skeptical Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank. In an interview with Spiegel Online, Bengtsson spoke of the need for climate-model predictions to be validated against observations. “Since the end of the 20th century, the warming of the Earth has been much weaker than what climate models show,” he said. 
Hadn’t the IPCC covered this in its recent report? “Yes,” Bengtsson replied,
the scientific report does this but, at least in my view, not critically enough. It does not bring up the large difference between observational results and model simulations. I have full respect for the scientific work behind the IPCC reports but I do not appreciate the need for consensus. It is important, and I will say essential, that society and the political community is also made aware of areas where consensus does not exist.
One of the most telling features of climate science is just how few climate scientists changed their minds as the evidence changed. The pause in global temperature in the last 15 years or so has been unexpected. Now we know why: Yesterday, Bengtsson dropped a bombshell. He was resigning from the think tank. In his resignation letter, Bengtsson wrote:
I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. . . . Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy.
Especially significant was a tweet from Gavin Schmidt, a leading climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute, who for many years worked alongside James Hansen. “Groups perceived to be acting in bad faith should not be surprised that they are toxic within the science community,” Schmidt tweeted. “Changing that requires that they not act in bad faith and not be seen to be acting in bad faith.”
Evidently the right to practice and discuss climate science should be subject to a faith test. It is an extraordinarily revealing development. Fears about unbelievers’polluting the discourse, as some academics put it, illustrate the weakness of climate science: The evidence for harmful anthropogenic global warming is not strong enough to stand up for itself. 
Inadvertently Schmidt’s tweet demonstrates how far climate science has crossed the boundary deep into pseudo-science. Karl Popper observed of the trio of pseudo-sciences prevalent in 1920s Vienna that their followers could explain why non-believers rejected their manifest truths. For Marxists, it was because of their class interests. For subscribers to Freudian psychoanalysis and Alfred Adler’s psychology, non-belief was evidence of unanalyzed repressions crying out for treatment. So it is with climate science. Only the pure of heart should be allowed an opinion on it.
Science regresses if it becomes intolerant of criticism. At the beginning of her reign, Queen Elizabeth I of England spoke words of tolerance in an age of religious strife, declaring that she had no intention of making windows into men’s souls. Unlike religion, science is not a matter of the heart or of belief. It exists only in what can be demonstrated. In their persecution of an aged colleague who stepped out of line and their call for scientists to be subject to a faith test, 21st-century climate scientists have shown less tolerance than a 16th-century monarch.
There is something rotten in the state of climate science.