Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

14 October - Notes

BUCKFASTLEIGH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16:  Artif...BUCKFASTLEIGH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16: Artifacts in the kitchen of the Valiant Soldier Pub on May 16, 2011 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, England. The time warp pub was left unchanged from when it closed in 1965 until reopened as museum nearly 30 years later in 1998. During World War II, The Valiant Soldier was a regular haunt for American GIs based on the outskirts of the village of Buckfastleigh. After the last pint was pulled in 1965, beer glasses remained unwashed, old currency was left in the till, a darts match was left unfinished and unopened bottles of wine and beer were stashed behind the bar whilst the last landlady continued to live upstairs until she moved to a nursing home in 1997. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: LA GUAIRA, VENEZUELA. With Venezuelan...English: LA GUAIRA, VENEZUELA. With Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on board of the Russian frigate “Admiral Chabanenko”. Русский: ВЕНЕСУЭЛА, ПОРТ ЛА-ГУАЙРА. С Президентом Венесуэлы Уго Чавесом на борту российского большого противолодочного корабля «Адмирал Чабаненко». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
fraud in mexican electionsfraud in mexican elections (Photo credit: Renato Guerra)
Satellite image of ship tracks, clouds created...Satellite image of ship tracks, clouds created by the exhaust of ship smokestacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This image is taken from the Presidency of the...This image is taken from the Presidency of the Nation of Argentina web site, in accordance with the copyright licensing internally logged as OTRS ticket 2007042610015988. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. At a joint press...English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. At a joint press-conference with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Homage to CataloniaHomage to Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: http://www.transparency.org/policy_re...English: http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/results (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MADINGLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11:  Seni...MADINGLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Senior Airman Bryan Kondub kneels beside the grave of a fallen soldier at the Cambridge American Cemetery after a remembrance service on November 11, 2011 in Madingley, United Kingdom. The American Cemetery at Madingley is the only American WWII burial ground in England, and is the resting place of 3,812 American military personel who died in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The names of 5,126 Americans who gave their lives, but whose remains were never recovered or identified, are inscribed in the walls of Portland stone that surround the cemetary. Armistice Day traditionally marks the end of the WWI when Germany and the allied forces signed the armistice signaling the end of hostilities on the Western Front. The cessation of the war officially took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month and is marked annually by services of remembrance for all those who have fallen in wars and a two minute silence. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Raimund Muscheler says that a steady high level of forcing can’t cause warming

The hidden (and completely untenable) assumption of rapid ocean equilibration
Last year I emailed the dozen climate scientists from my list of those who have made these kinds of claims and suggested that they must be assuming that that by 1980 or so the oceans had already equilibrated to whatever temperature forcing effect high 20th century solar activity might be having, otherwise the continued high level of forcing would cause continued warming.
Several confirmed that they were indeed assuming rapid ocean equilibration to any change in climate forcing. One was Mike Lockwood, whose 2007 paper with Claus Fröhlich had opened with a strong assertion that it is the trend in a forcing, not the level of a forcing, that causes temperature change:...
This is a highly unrealistic simplification (having the whole ocean change temperature at once). If a more realistic 2-heat-sink model is used, where it takes time for heat to transfer from one ocean layer to another (Kirk-Davidoff 2009), then rapid temperature adjustment of the upper ocean layer tells us next to nothing about how long it takes for the ocean to equilibrate to a long term forcing. (Full discussion in Part 2 of my “solar warming and ocean equilibrium” series.)

 

Oil, Social Programs and the Venezuelan Presidential Election

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The media's misunderstanding of Venezuela

It is unsurprising that reporters in the UK remain confused after each election. After all, the business and private media elite take great pride in assuring the world that real Chavez supporters are few, and those that there are are largely brainwashed.
Indeed mention Hugo Chavez to a reasonably well-informed person in the UK and the response will probably be one of suspicion. The outspoken president of Venezuela does manage to get himself noticed, but rarely with a favourable reception in the British press. Often those who may otherwise support a left wing movement that has made significant advances in social welfare at a time when the West seems only capable of punishing the neediest know little of such progress but a good deal to be cautious of.
The challenge is to understand how the vague notions that there’s something perhaps illegitimate, undemocratic and maybe corrupt about the Venezuelan president emerge. To this end, it helps to look to the source of most people’s information on foreign affairs – corporate news.


 "surely as a public broadcaster BBC has a mandate to present unbiased news? "
LOL  A Wit.  http://biased-bbc.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Variety_Programmes_Policy_Guide_For_Writers_and_Producers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell
AlterNet posted an article in which he outlined the use of psyops in radio as part of the war effort in WW II. His Homage to Catalonia reprises the experiences which disillusioned him from left-right orientation in politics. Overview of that is part of
http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/07/perception-alteration.html
Plus I have published collections on at least a couple of occasions strongly indicating that the mission of the BBC has never changed.


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The 2012 Prez results: electoral fraud galore in Venezuela

There is outright electoral fraud and there is indirect electoral fraud. However, which one is the most effective depends on the situation. The big difference between the forms of electoral fraud is that the direct electoral fraud is usually cheaper, you just need to stuff the ballot box with the desired count. However, when found out, the consequences may be harsh for the cheating side. On the other hand  indirect fraud is considerably more expensive but it has the advantage that when everything is said and done those who sold their vote for any or other reason, did vote for the winner in the end. El Universal today carries some interesting information showing that both forms of fraud were at play one week ago.
 

Lithuania election: Voters 'dump austerity government'

In addition to the parliamentary election, Lithuanians were voting in a non-binding referendum on building a new nuclear power station.
Partial results released early on Monday by the country's electoral authority showed two-thirds of voters rejecting construction.

 


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