The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Sunday, April 29, 2007

 

Sunspots & Climate

Roanoke Times, 4/29/07, Pg Horiz 5: Very large article and graphics: Airplanes, Oil rigs, Astronauts, Satellites. By R. Schmid at AP.
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Isn’t it interesting that with all the details in this large article about those who are concerned about the earth-impacts of sunspot-cycles the author “forgot” to mention the area most in the news these days “Global Warming”.
The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office (NOAA) has significant information and data on the correlation between times of intense sunspots and weather and climate and one would think that Mr. Schmid would have included this item in his “hot” list. Then again censorship by omission is often the most powerful form of censorship.
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http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fsd/astro/sunspots.php
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The Global Warming Documentary by Derkin that challenges the Gore-presentation also contains very detailed and descriptive associations between sunspots and climate established by distinguished scientists in England.
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http://www.roanokeslant.org/WhyGlobalWarming/
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And in the July 2004 RT paper there was a very comprehensive article by the Weather writer for the RT that discussed this connection in detail.
(My observation: It took a lot of personal courage for Kevin Myatt to write his article given the squash-the-nonbelievers atmosphere that exists today on this subject!)
Thursday, July 08, 2004 Man vs. Nature in the climate war? No contestBy Kevin Myatt The Roanoke Times
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http://www.roanoke.com/weather/wb/7555
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“One theme I infer from 1816 is this: No matter what kind of junk humankind is putting into the atmosphere today -- and there is solid evidence that we are having at least some impact on climate -- we are still puny and helpless stick figures compared to the power of nature. Volcanic eruptions and solar cycles still trump the exhaust pipes of SUVs. The weather is far more in control of us than we are of it.
Whether you want to make that a scientific, philosophical, political or theological statement is your interpretation.”-
Prior blog Items:
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/04/global-warming-letter.html
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

 

A Global Warming Letter

The following is a letter to a very good friend and educator who attended the Gore “Inconvenient Truth” training program.
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His note to me referenced the current challenges to the Derkin video that contradicts some of the major points in the Gore presentation.
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The challenge:
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070425/global_warming_film.html?.v=1
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The Derkin video:
http://www.roanokeslant.org/WhyGlobalWarming/
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This is in fact a very interesting story. I have been waiting for a response from the 1500-UN-scientists and these 38 have apparently NOT challenged the major views of the Derkin video THAT:
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1. Historically CO2 lags temperature by hundreds of years and therefore cannot be the "cause" of temperature change
2. Over the millemium there has been many warm/cold cycles that clearly cannot be related to man
3. From 1940 to 1975 there was a significant cool cycle even though that followed a period of major war production with no controls on the release of massive emissions from coal and steel and manufacturing processes (the ugly smokestack period) that were conducted throughout the world.
4. "Modest" warming cycles that we have experienced over the past thousand years did not have a devastatingly negative impact on global well-being
5. The current 0.5 degree warming does not constitute a major issue and is probably not man-made
6. Of the total amount of CO2 in the global system -- man-made CO2 represents a small percentage
7. Current and local weather is very far removed from global climate and that the media can easily pick and choose bad weather examples from around the world and present them as the "effect" of global warming (ie: Katrina etc)
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I am not educated or trained in the art and science of climate or weather - however, I continue to be very skeptical of the Gore presentation and of the 1500-UN-scientists. Establishing cause-and-effect relationships is very difficult and as the number of variables increase the probability of success decreases.
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Based on the uncertainty of man-made global warming, I am also very concerned about (US) telling the world that WE are the primary causers of the apocalyptic consequences shown in the Gore program.
Before we plead guilty to that level of global devastation and destruction, we better be sure we're guilty!
And after we plead guilty -- we better be ready to totally revert to an 1800's period of living because the World will demand no less!
One square of toilet paper will even disappear as we stop the pulp and paper mills (a major source of CO2 and SO2 and major users of water and power!)
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I would like to sell the US on energy independence and the "absolute truth" that fossil fuels are limited in supply and our purchasing of these fuels has and is and will continue to cause major economic, social and political problems for US.This all hinges on developing new technologies that have proved to be elusive and disappointing.
We can't even get a wind-farm going in Virginia no less make some major moves toward major new green energy.How about new hydro plants on the New and James Rivers!
These would be the greenest of all alternatives and be a big improvement over the new coal plants currently being built.How about building one new nuclear plant per year until all the coal plants are shut down.Can you just imagine the push-back to these green initiatives right here in our own state!
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By the way -- haven't seen any Ltrs to the Editors complimenting APCO for the big increase in electric rates! And how about the increases at the gas pumps? Shouldn't we all be happy that these increases will cause folks to reduce their consumption and isn't that a big step toward going green?
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Regards from you doubting friend --- Lars
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Prior Blog Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/04/potty-training-with-sheryl.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/03/technically-incorrect-gore.html
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

 

Corzine, Imus and Sharpton

Imus shoots self in foot with bullets that black comedians and rap stars, making tens of millions of dollars, would consider “blanks”.
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As a graduate of Rutgers I was personally offended by Imus’ comments about the ladies basketball team, but then again, I have always found Imus to be offensive.
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The highlight of the affair was the indignation of one, Al Twana Sharpton! What a hypocrital jerk, but his indignation was not to be out done by Jessie Hymietown Jackson. Both of whom have done so much to help the youth of their communities and foster improved relations between the races.
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Perhaps if Imus had hired Jessie as his spiritual advisor and Al has his PR guy, things would have turned out very different! Nothing like a six figure donation to the Rainbow Collation to soothe the perceived injury.
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But the shows not over – not by a long shot!
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Here comes NJ Democrat Gov “CRASH Corzine”, doing 90+ MPH down the NJ Parkway without a seatbelt. What’s the rush? He’s on his way to a meeting with Imus! This has to be true! How could someone makeup stuff this bizarre?
Only in America!
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/03/racist-begot-racist.html
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Potty Training with Sheryl

After making a jerk out of herself by harassing Karl Rove at a public dinner function – Sheryl Crow announced that her digestive system is so good and her butt so tight that she only needs one sheet of toilet paper per occasion.
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But that’s not the gross news!
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The gross news is that she is directing that we all need to get down to one sheet of toilet paper per occasion in order to save the planet from global warming.
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To really save the trees (paper) Sheryl should emulate the Muslims who do not use any toilet paper at all! (no wonder they spawn so many terrorists!):
Click to get on-board with Sheryl’s potty plan:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_toilet_etiquette
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It appears that many in the global warming community have become so fanatical about their Global Warming pursuit that to them it has become like a fundamentalist-religion that defies dialogue and discussion and abhors nonbelievers.
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It certainly appears we are in a global warming cycle of approximately 0.5 degrees.
In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s we were in a significant cooling cycle.
The cause and effect relationships that affect climate are not clear (not withstanding Al Gore and the “1500 UN scientists”)!
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For a contrarian view of the Gore hypothesis click:
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/03/technically-incorrect-gore.html
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http://www.roanokeslant.org/WhyGlobalWarming
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All this being said: it’s clear we need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and to continue to make progress on cleaner coal.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

 

The War is Lost!

Historical Proclamations by Senator Harry Reid, Democrat and “Leader” of the US Senate.

The War is Lost after half of Washington’s army was annihilated in Brooklyn. Slaughtered by the Hessians who gave no quarter and took no prisoners.
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The War is Lost as Washington and his rag-tag volunteer army suffered and froze at Valley Forge.
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The War is Lost as all the defenders at the Alamo were wiped out to the last man.
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The War is Lost as the British burned the US Capital and Washington DC.
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The War is Lost as the south won battle after battle and inflicted massive casualties at Antietam that resulted in Lincoln relieving the Union army commander.
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The War is Lost as the Japs destroyed the US fleet at Pearl Harbor and decimated the US forces in Corregidor and Batann.
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The War is Lost at the Japs inflicted 6.800 killed and 20,000 wounded during 36 Days that included the taking of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima..

The War is Lost as the D-day troops were killed by the thousands on the Normandy beaches.
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The War is Lost as the Germany army inflicted 60,000 US casualties in the battle of the bulge at Bastogne.
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The War is Lost as the North Korean army surged down through South Korea, driving the US forces into a tiny pocket called the Pusan Perimeter.
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The War is Lost as North Vietnamese staged a Tet Offensive that was militarily insignificant with limited casualties inflicted and no land won.
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And now once again Senator Reid has declare that The War is Lost.
What a leader! How pathetic our leaders have become!
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/02/giving-aide-and-comfort-to-enemy.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/01/very-sad-milestone.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/01/mission-accomplished.html
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http://roanokeslant.blo-gspot.com/2006/12/two-days-that-live-in-infamy.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/10/pres-lincoln-stay-course.html
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