Friday, January 29, 2010

Global Warming 101

I did some substitute teaching today. The subject? Global warming (freshman biology). Today, my impressionable young students were forced to watch the NOVA special "Dimming the Sun", a particularly devious addition to the global warming orthodoxy. Filled with the usual ominous voice-overs, foreboding music and visuals of melting icebergs and hurricanes, the program begins by pointing to falling evaporation rates. Does this mean we will be treated to an informed discussion of the cyclical nature of solar activity and its effect on climate? Of course not. Instead, we are told, "the culprit had to be somewhere here on Earth."

It's such a mystery, you see, because we would expect temperatures to be going down instead of up in the past ten years. No kidding. I think I've got that one solved already (CRU email scandal perhaps?). According to this program the 1984 Ethiopian famine was the result of Western pollution altering rainfall patterns over Africa. I'm pretty sure it's a bit more complicated than that. Finally, the good folks at NOVA end up with a down-right apocalyptic interview with the famed (and corrupt) James Hansen of NASA. He claims that global dimming is masking the irrefutably-proven effects of global warming and warns that, if we foolishly continue to decrease pollution, we will unleash super-warming to the tune of +18ºF, killing all the trees on the planet. I'm not making this up.

I had to show it again for my last bell. I put it on and then let them talk and socialize. You're welcome, concerned parents.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

That Big Deficit

This is the ad wanted to show during the 2004 Superbowl. Wonder what kind of ad they'll make for Obama's $13 trillion deficit over the next 10 years.


School Choice Key To Global Academic Success

You may have noticed a ridiculous drop-off in the number of posts lately. That's mainly due to a gigantic online education class I'm currently wrestling. So, when I saw John Hood's post on NRO today, I felt like linking to it here. He makes the interesting point that educrats tend to use our low standing in the ranks of global academics to justify even more spending. The trouble is, the countries who are beating us all spend far less than we do. It's not about the money--it may be about school choice (and culture, and teacher training, and . . .).

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Truth About Abortion

Chuck Baldwin writes:

"Today marks the 37th anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. The aftermath of this tragic ruling is the deaths of over 40 million (a very conservative number) innocent unborn babies. It is no hyperbole to say abortion is America's holocaust. Think of it, every American citizen today, 37 years old or younger, has never known a country that respected and protected innocent human life in the womb. Put it another way: when Hitler's Third Reich was at its zenith, the abortion rate was 40%. In 2003 (the last year that I checked), the abortion rate of the county in which I live was 39%. And I live in the heart of the so-called "Bible Belt." In fact, statistically speaking, the most dangerous place to be in America is not in an automobile without wearing a seat belt, or in a commercial airliner with a potential terrorist on board. Statistically speaking, the most dangerous place to be is in the womb of one's mother."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pat Robertson's Misunderstanding of Christianity

The tragedy in Haiti should draw out our compassion, not sanctimonious criticism based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of Christianity. Peter Wehner gets it right in discussing Pat Robinson's latest round of insensitive foolishness.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Health Care Chart

This chart helps to explain why health care costs continue to skyrocket out of control: we don't ever see the prices. As Mark Perry points out:

Just imagine what would happen over time to the cost of food, clothing, or automobiles if consumers paid only 12 percent of the total bill, with the other 88 percent paid by employers or the government, and it’s easy to understand why healthcare spending goes up year after year.

Don't expect this to change with closed-door no-Republicans-allowed meetings in Congress.