Saturday Follies

Is there anything government can’t do?

Oh, yeah, pretty much all the things they are supposed to do.  Yet, here is the UK government trying to be a Nanny to married (or living together) couples.

Embarrassed husbands who want to opt-out of porn controls in their homes will have to “have a discussion” with their wives once tough new filters are applied by internet service providers, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister said that nine out of ten households will soon be required by the companies that provide their internet to turn off a pre-set parental control filter if they want to access online pornography in their homes.

Earlier on Monday Google vowed to block child pornography, with David Cameron welcoming the move to tackle illegal images as a “significant step forward”.

However critics have raised the issue of “embarrassed” adults who want to access legal pornography but do not want to discuss that with their partner.

Note all the assumptions in that piece.  First, only men watch porn.  Do these people even know any women?

Second, to block child porn — a thing that would seem to interest a passingly small percentage of the population, the entire population must be inconvenienced.

Third, Google — we are watching you Google.  We know what you do in cooperation with tyranny around the world — can do this without affecting anything.  I’ll give you that I’ve never had to block porn in this house, but younger son became addicted to neo-pets (he was eight) to the point he was not sleeping or doing homework.  Blocking that site blocked the weirdest things, including neo-neo con’s site, as well as other sites the adults frequented.  I guarantee that porn blocker would also block dozens if not hundreds of innocent sites.

But it’s all right because it brings husband’s and wives together.  I mean, men have to confess to their nasty pron habit.  And interfering between husbands and wives is TOTALLY something the government should do, right?

Fortunately in my house with no interest in watching porn, we’d immediately rip the controls out, because these our our middle fingers, google, and government can take a flying leap!

But at least the government is perfectly trustworthy for bigger things, like, scientific research, right?

Well, it turns out that the Earth was warmer in Roman and Medieval times.

If you think the Earth is hot now, try wearing plate armor in the Middle Ages.

A Swedish study found that the planet was warmer in ancient Roman times and the Middle Ages than today, challenging the mainstream idea that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the main drivers of global warming.

The study, by scientist Leif Kullman, analyzed 455 “radiocarbon-dated mega-fossils” in the Scandes mountains and found that tree lines for different species of trees were higher during the Roman and Medieval times than they are today. Not only that, but the temperatures were higher as well.

Of course, admitting that would give them no chance to regulate everything we do and how we live, and get rid of their dread enemy the private automobile that allows peasants to move around without permission (the real reason they hate it almost as much as guns.)
I’ve suspected it was an hoax from the beginning, because I grew up being told we were on the brink of an ice age and — get the this — the prescription to stop it was exactly the same.  When the prescription to two opposite problems is exactly the same, chances are it’s the prescription that people want and the data is corrupt.  Since the prescription is for more government control by the same people who want to say how many naked pictures you can look at — the cure is always worse than the disease.
Meanwhile, we know that ice ages happen, (though not quite how) and while our government is watching the warmth, here comes the cold.

Over 2000 cold and snow records set in the USA this past week

If I were the blogfather, I would say, have you considered reading The Last Centurion?  Though probably everyone in this madhouse here already has.

Thank heavens, the government is at least doing what they should and providing for the common defense, right?

Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official said.

“This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”

A State Department official said the U.S. government issued protests to China in both Washington and Beijing in both diplomatic and military channels.

But it’s all right.  If the Sweet Meteor of Death refuses to come, there are always super cockroaches.

An extra tough species of cockroach has been identified in Manhattan – the first time it has been found in the United States.

Typically New York’s cockroaches can only survive in warm conditions but the new Asian species can survive outside in freezing conditions.

The species was first spotted in New York’s linear park, the High Line by an exterminator.

The Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was confirmed in the United States by biologists at Rutgers University.

It is not certain how it arrived in the country but it is thought that imported soil may have contained the cockroaches.

No word on how many of these immigrants brought here through no fault of their own are already registered to vote.  This would justify De Blasio’s belief that a wave of liberalism is about to sweep the country.

However, as in the time of Noah, men and women were marrying and being given away in marriage.  In this case, Odds are still marrying magnificently.  Two small notes: no one tell my kids, but if either of them ever gets married, I’m totally putting on a modified version of this.  And… shouldn’t they have told the minister?

The MOST epic wedding EVER.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=161_1386280992

 

116 responses to “Saturday Follies

  1. “And… shouldn’t they have told the minister?”

    Oh, where’s the fun in that?

  2. I’ve suspected it was an hoax from the beginning, because I grew up being told we were on the brink of an ice age…

    I hadn’t truly realized until last week that the kool-aid of the Left was capable of making them self-modify their own memory. I had posted a link on my FB page to an article stating that at least the warmists were starting to rethink their stance due to the lack of warming. One of my friends (who is an Otherwise Intelligent Person [TM]) came in and attacked it, claiming at one point that AGW has been the predominant climatological viewpoint for 40 years.

    Now, this guy is older than me by a few years. He lived through the 70s and was old enough to have been soaked in the “Coming Ice Age”, yet he adamantly stated that the opposite had been the viewpoint at the time. It’s rather alarming, actually.

    • I’m not as old as your friend, but I read a lot of old SF stories. And it always struck me as funny how many stories from the ’60s and ’70s featured a coming ice age as the big environmental threat. But along came the ’80s and it’s all about global warming.

      And apparently, according to your friend and many others of a similar bent, it’s always been about global warming, all memories and facts to the contrary notwithstanding. And if you think differently, it’s like you’re some kind of criminal. For some reason that seems familiar.

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        I think Harry Harrison’s Make Room, Make Room! mentions the Greenhouse Effect. Might be the earliest mention of it I’m aware of.

        • I know of stories earlier than that that mention the greenhouse effect (right off of the top of my head Robert Heinlein’s Farmer in the Sky comes to mind), the greenhouse effect is a real thing and is not new by any means.

          What’s new (and at the very least dubious in my opinion) is the idea that we’re going to cause a runaway greenhouse effect on Earth with our evil technology and destroy the world.

          Note: The nearest planet that has a runaway greenhouse effect is Venus. And to the best of our knowledge it never had an intelligent population whose use of technology caused it to happen. It occurred naturally.

        • The first mention of it I recall was in a Time-Life Books series from the early ’60s about the formation of the planet. It was in relation to the formation of our nitrogen oxygen atmosphere.

          M

        • Christopher M. Chupik

          Ah, thanks. I should have clarified “the Greenhouse Effect mentioned as cause of global warming in the future”.

      • It couldn’t have been sooner than the late 80′s. Part of the reason I remember the whole global cooling thing is because its indelibly linked in my mind with a giant flying transdimentional alien cow head, that was the primary mode of transportation in an Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic i got in the late 80′s, early 90′s.

        It’s really hard to forget a “sad cow-head in snow” scene.

    • If nothing else the left are consumate experts in the practice of denying recorded history. Perfect if outrageous examples abound with the many cases where our dear Leader in effect says “forget what’s on the video tape, here’s what I really said.”
      Tends to explain why so many lawyers are leftists. Words to them are fungible, they mean whatever is necessary to advance the current narrative. To them the same sentence can have one meaning today and one entirely different next week. And you are a rigid conformist and wrong to claim otherwise (not to mention raaaassssiiiisssttt.)

    • What are you talking about? We’ve always been at war with Eastasia!

      The anthropogenic global warming hypothesis strikes me as credible and plausible. Nonetheless, it’s a hypothesis. It has to be tested against reality before we give it credence.

      I don’t consider it discredited. Yet. But the available data doesn’t exactly prove it, either.

      And what really bothers me is not the premature confidence being expressed in the hypothesis. It’s the premature confidence fueling a fairly naked power grab by people I wouldn’t trust as county dog catcher, let alone leaders of nations.

      • It is based on a real thing, i.e. the runaway greenhouse effect, which see Venus for a prime example. The difference being that on Venus it rather obviously wasn’t anthropogenic in nature.

        The problem I have is that for years growing up I heard people howling that we couldn’t wait for AGW to be proven, we had to take immediate action because the consequences of not taking action would be too dire. Then somewhere along the way they flipped it and claimed that it had been proven.

        Only thing is, they skipped the actual proving it part. And when you ask about this the reactions go from bad to worse. Bad they toss a whole lot of stuff that is either unrelated, wrong, or actually is contrary evidence. Example:

        Look at all of the extreme weather we’re having! This is contrary evidence. If AGW was correct weather would get milder, not more extreme. Look at the North Pole melting, which turned out to be a lie. And so on. And when you point this out you’re called anti-science, and a whole lot of other names.

        With the worse reaction, they just skip to the name calling.

    • Pshaw – if they can believe Marxist economics they can believe anything. Six impossible things before breakfast is a snap for them.

    • I knew for a fact it was a hoax from the beginning because I had a General Science course in Fifth Grade and understand meaning of the term “temperature.”

      That and, yeah. Three years before James Hansen testified on the panic before Congress, the Ohio River froze. Solid. In the Cincinnati pool. That winter, we had record snowfalls and temperatures cold enough that four feet of snow remained unmelted on the ground for nearly a month.

      Oh, and weather is too climate. Somebody tries to sell you that line of BS is… well, BS-ing you.

      M

      • I don’t think it quite froze solid, but it certainly did freeze quite deep, sinking a number of barges in the process.

        That was the winter that I wound up falling into the creek (it was moving fast enough that it wasn’t frozen all the way across) at the YMCA camp where my father worked, when it was -10F outside. I was there while he and his friend were stripping tobacco.

    • You THOUGHT Orwell made those people up? Sorry to burst your bubblegum bubble, but they’ve existed for quite a while. First _documented_ existence is 1920′s in England/US. Next found in Leninist Russia.

    • The other major head-shaking moment came when, in response to pointing out how many weather reporting stations are badly sited, he told me that the stations show the same temperature rise whether they are sited incorrectly or not. If I didn’t have a massively thick skull, my head would have exploded. If they actually show that, then the data is obviously either cooked, or meaningless.

  3. good post.

  4. The classic naked baby on a bearskin rug is now child porn and can get the unfortunate photographer in serious hot water with the authorities.

    AGW, aka “climate change,” is and always has been a scam perpetrated to con the low information types into acquiescing into the surrender of yet more control over their own lives.

    The Last Centurion is one of those books I revisit every so often if nothing else than to remind myself that Ringo can be most prescient at times. Sure, he got a few details wrong, but then again if the Hillabeast puts one over on us next big election even that little detail may prove out.

    My advice to the boys: elope! Run, save yourselves!

    • Let’s be careful here. The naked baby on a bearskin rug is not at all like actual child porn, which is pretty revolting stuff.

      The problem is not with our societal repugnance for child porn; it is with the willingness of a few in law enforcement to stretch the definition of same to ludicrous limits. It’s a little like how a fairly reasonable ban on switchblades among high school students in tough schools has morphed into expulsion of six-year-olds who chew their Pop-Tarts the wrong way.

      • And that was my point. The zero tolerance, one size fits all attitude common to officious bureaucrats of every stripe cannot help but conflate true child porn with innocent family photos. Same story with armed students vs pictures of firearms on a t-shirt or in a magazine. And then recently I saw a six year old boy was punished as a sex offender for kissing the hand of a fellow student.
        As the saying goes, common sense is and never has been all that common, and rarely shows any presence whatsoever in the realms of officious government functionaries.

        • Officious bureaucrats LOVE them some zero tolerance, because it gives them the authority to bully and persecute little people (literally, in the case of the schools) without having to take any responsibility for their behavior.

          The Second Amendment doesn’t go far enough. It ought to read “The occasionally horsewhipping or lynching of some obnoxious government stooge being necessary to the security of a free people, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

      • While the distinction between actual child pornography and what people are willing to label child pornography is valid, the point remains that individuals, groups and law enforcement are prepared to and have responded to traditional, innocent toddler/infant pictures in a fashion reserved for child pornographers. As you pointed out, the willingness to stretch definitions is the problem.

        But following from Uncle Lar’s comment, if those cases which receive the most attention are grandma dropping off baby in the bath pictures at Wal-Mart, the severity of the real crime is reduced in the public’s eye. As with many other cases in recent times, we’re left wondering if this is a real case or another overblown misapplication of authority. That has the ultimate effect of lessening the stigma for real child pornographers (whose fate is best not left up to me, society needs some standard of restraint) by introducing doubt in the process.

        Not disagreeing with you, just expanding, as is my wont.

        • Yes. Just like calling a dirty look or an innocent brush of the hand or even an offer to have sex “rape” and “culture of rape” reduces real rape in people’s minds.

          • Yes. I tend to step carefully around this one as I’m not interested in the attendant social reprobation. But, yes.

          • Sadly, I have to agree. See the Steubenville case (about 10 years back), The Kansas(?) teenager who killed herself, and near here in Avon In. A number of “kids” are facing probably “child porn distribution and possession” cases, Some brainless teen age girl sent a nude picture of herself, to a “boy friend.” Now, at least 4, and maybe a many as Sixteen, face charges.
            The lack of logic in charging a 6 YO, for assault, but won’t tell teenagers that possession/distribution” of partially/fully naked pictures of under 18′s, a serious Federal offense, is difficult to understand. They’ll give them explicit instructions on condom use, but not protect them from potential child porn charges. But, such is the (lack of) logic in the Liberal Progressive (alleged) mind.

            • Dark thought – given the attempts of the NAMBLA types to normalize relations with children lately, one might wonder if they might be trying to use the outrage against the blatant injustices to swing that pendulum back the other way, so that they can have free action.

        • It is, in its own way, a reprise of the “child abuse covens” that produced Attorney-General Janet Reno, the McCarthy anti-communist movement of post-WWII America and the Salem Witch Hunts … to restrict the discussion to only the American iterations of this particular mania. In each case politically ambitious law-enforcement failed to exercise good judgement and got far ahead of the actual facts, creating an atmosphere where hysteria ruled and real miscreants were able to defer persecution by feigning victimhood at the hands of an over-excited mob.

          See also: War on Women, Homophobia and “Baptists & Bootleggers.”

          “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      You know, the last half of TLC would make a good TV miniseries, since it’s already about a TV series. You just have to sneak it past the networks. “Oh yeah, you’ll love this. It’s about climate change and socialized healthcare!” ;-)

  5. Southern Finland had similar oak forests once as southern Sweden has now. They were cut down for ships and didn’t grow back since by then it was colder. My geology courses had included little facts like that one when the warming hysteria first started to be pushed, which is one reason why I never could take it all that seriously. So, it may get as warm as it once was here? Hey, sounds a lot better than what we had during like the mid-19th century, when there were several summers when crops failed because of cold, and there were years when the ground was still covered in thick snow in the beginning of May and ice would melt from the lakes only in midsummer even in southern parts of the country.

  6. This is Big Government ™ interfering where they have absolutely NO right to interfere. I’m starting to view “1984″ as a comedy, compared to what’s going on today.

  7. Haven’t read the Last Centurion in awhile, but as one who grew up on a dairy farm, the part that sticks most in my memory (however accurately) is his phone conversation with the “new farm wife” about the complementary but different roles of the farm husband and farm wife. I’d never seen it stated so cleary.

    • in other words the observation that in so far as woman had historically been “confined” to the home doing “woman’s work” it may have had something to do with how it took something like 12 to 14 hours of work a day to keep the house going…and everybody in it feed, clothed and alive for the next day.

      • I’m not even sure I can understand how a comment like that even relates to what Ringo’s protagonist explained to his caller about her irreplaceable role on the farm. Have you read the book to even know the specific quote I am talking about?

        • the longish one sided phone conversation with the new minted farm couple (I like to think of it as the your going to wake up first and go to sleep last conversation)…..what one are you talking about?

          • Well you certainly know how to take a conversation that emphasizes a positive contribution and turn it into something that downplays the role of every farm wife I ever knew. My farm wife mother and grandmothers, pillars of their communities, matriarchs all. None of them felt confined in what they told me of their lives. They shaped their worlds and their communities, and would have seen comments like yours as demeaning to them.
            At the same time, they realized the benefits that advancing technology had given their daughters and granddaughters, as well as their sons and grandsons, and encouraged them to pursue further education and the dreams available to their descendants that weren’t possible for them or their husbands in earlier days.

  8. I laughed through the entire video–

  9. The part that absolutely slays me is that the Medieval Warm was no great secret! For heaven’s sake, that’s when it was warm enough in Greenland for subsistence farming – and in Roman times it was warm enough to grow wine grapes in England. (This is why I never bought into the whole warmenist hysteria – because I knew history)
    And now those simple facts are – big wow! – a fresh discovery.
    And I am also old enough to remember when I was also told in science class that we were on the verge of another ice age, too. And about the hole in the ozone layer. And ‘future shock’, where we would all be reduced to a catatonic state by the rapidity of change. And overpopulation of the earth – that was another fad o’ the times, too.

    • Until Michael Mann and his (in)famous hockey stick graph, historical climatologists and a handful of European and Asian historians were very aware of the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods. And then Mann made them vanish and the Lord of the Hockey Stick ruled them all. Until two Canadians, a geologist and a statistician, destroyed his work by proving that it cannot be reproduced and it used such heavily selected sources that you can’t trust his data.

      For a historian’s look on an episode not unlike that in _Last Centurion_ I highly recommend Geoffrey Parker’s _Global Crisis_. Skip the conclusion, but the tale of life during the Maunder Minimum all around the world is fascinating. We think of the 1600s in Europe as being pretty sucky (30 Years War, Louis XIV, Ottomans attack Vienna and Poland and Russia, English Civil War) but China got clobbered as well. Drought, famine, floods, plague, warfare, the Four Horsemen and their best friends were busy. And yet out of that came a lot of innovations and culture. It’s a real Human Wave story.

      • Michael Mann is actually suing Mark Steyn and National Review for calling his work fraudulent.

        Which, when you see McIntyre’s analysis of the “mistakes” and tortured data that went into MBH ’98 is what you’d call it too.

    • As someone else said, all these facts are used to enable increasing gov’t control over our lives.

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      Ah, yes, the Population Bomb. That was really the beginning of the eco-scare movement, wasn’t it? The sad part is, Ehrlich’s failure wasn’t criticised enough. His predictions failed miserably, but by then we were on to the next eco-scare, and the next . . . But we’d need a functional mainstream media for that.

      • Bugger Ehrlich — Malthus is on my short list of people to eliminate as soon as my Temporal Transit Booth is completed. Marx’s theories are so deeply rooted it is hard to know whose elimination would uproot them, but Malthus is the tap root for so much foolishness it doesn’t much require consideration.

        BTW – you have seen reports of discovery of vast reservoirs of fresh water under the oceans’ floor? So much for “peak water.”

        • Marx’s parents and grandparents ought to take care of it. Engels’s also.

          Please link to info on the ocean freshwater!

          • Get those ladies on the pill?

          • From Instapundit; his link, I believe, is to Walter Russell Mead’s blog, Via Media.

            ANOTHER KICK TO MALTHUS: Huge Freshwater Reserves Found — Under The Oceans.

            We may soon be looking to our oceans for our freshwater—or more accurately, we’ll be looking underneath our oceans. A new study, the first to comprehensively survey the world’s known reserves of undersea freshwater, estimates that there are roughly 120,000 cubic miles—more than 100 times the amount of freshwater we’ve drilled from the ground since 1900—of fresh and nearly-fresh water trapped underneath seabeds. The upshot: we could be seeing more offshore drilling for water as well as oil in the future. . . .

            Some of these reserves will be fresh enough that they won’t need to go through the energy-intensive desalinization process, while some of them will be only slightly brackish, and will be easier and, importantly, cheaper to desalinate. In fact, this kind of offshore drilling for water is already happening; NPR notes that there are already operations in places like Cape May, NJ to drill for and eventually desalinate low-salinity water.

            Water scarcity has been a favorite topic for the Chicken Littles of the world. Just 18 years ago the vice president of the World Bank was ominously warning that “the wars of the next century will be fought over water.” It’s easy to drum up fears of “water wars” some undetermined time in the future, but studies like this one, and discoveries of new water sources like this one in Kenya, or this one under the Sahara, suggest that these fears that have gripped Malthusians—and that Malthusians have in turn used to push through otherwise unworkable policy recommendations—are a lot less serious.

            It’s as if they’re drumming up fear to consolidate power or something. But when someone announces a crisis whose solution requires less power for government and elites, I’ll listen more closely.

            Posted at 10:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

        • Actually I am not so sure that Malthus is so bad. Per Ross Emmett’s article in the Freeman , Malthus was an interpreter of Adam Smith, and was an advocate of free labor markets, arguing that private property rights, free markets, and marriage were essential features of an advanced society.
          The thing he is famous for was his thought experiment on what would happen if these institutions were absent. He posited that in their absence human populations would act like animal populations and expand to the carrying capacity of the environment; suffering crashes when the carrying capacity contracted.
          He also stated that humans did not act like animal populations, but instead established contracts with each other which create rules that allow people to plan for the future (like limiting births and increasing food production)
          His purpose was to argue against the idea that getting rid of all these institutions -the article names William Godwin who wrote a tract on “political justice” (shudder) during the French Revolution – on the basis that such a move would create a population surge and crash.
          Mr. Emmett writes:

          His hypothesis is simple: Nations with civilized institutions will depend less on the positive checks on population growth because their citizens are provided with clear signals that allow prudential decisions regarding the delay of marriage. What he found was that in societies with private property rights, markets, and incentives that encourage responsible fertility choices (what he called marriage), the positive checks of disease and starvation never come into play, while in societies without those institutions, the positive checks operate in full force.

          The article ends with the statement that the negative “malthusian” is from politicians and environmentalists cherry-picking information to support the stance that there are inescapable limits to economic growth.
          His Essay on Population can be found at Gutenberg – I just downloaded it to my reader, myself:
          http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4239

          • one of many errors in Malthus’s logic was his failure to recognize the positive limitations on population growth caused by prosperity and technology. The push for large families is a combination of infant mortality and the family’s need for cheap agrarian labor. It seldom lasts more than a generation or so after those traits become offset by the much greater expense of raising children in a first world society.
            For examples simply examine the population statistics for most European nations. Native families barely remain static, and in several cases are actually diminishing. Increases in population are primarily due to foreign third world immigrants.

            • I’m currently reading his treatise. He does not consider that the labor need would be less, since prior to the industrial revolution most labor was hand-labor and it was normal during his lifetime to have minors involved economically in the family’s survival by working either on the farm, or in the factory, but he does go straight to the idea that the ability to care and support a family is one of the things that delay the age of marriage and in response the size of the family. He also does not think about child mortality other than say that it is distressingly high either because of lack of nourishment or infanticide practices in the classical world and in China of his day. This he refers to as a “positive check” on population growth.
              There are three elements he pushes (well, in the first part that I have read): that economic factors in that it is painful to watch your family in need because of your inability to provide for it and that will work to restrict the size of families, that the poor laws destroyed that tendency because they offered economic support for the man who married early unable to support a large family on his own, and that taking money from the economy for the relief of the poor did not increase production of food but only provided artificial support for the buying power for a limited sector of it which resulted in skewed demand which drove up the price of food that affected the poor negatively which drove more onto the poor rolls, “by their want”.

              My gut feel is that this man destroyed the main argument of Keynsianism before it even existed.

              • So Malthus recognized what so many of our modern progs don’t grasp: if you subsidize something (like poverty) you get more of it. Funny how that works.

        • “Bugger Ehrlich ”

          No thanks, I’ll pass.

    • Doublethink is so in command of many people’s minds that it really doesn’t make any difference whether the buggaboo future is global warming or global freezing. It’s both. Remember the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” in 2004? The recent movie “The Colony”? Back to global freezing. Which apparently resulted somehow from global warming. Whithin a few weeks. And though I would never bother to watch either movie, it’s entertaining to read the IMDB commentary. Both movies appear to make no sense on even small issues, the moviemakers and screenwriters have relaxed their thinking because they just don’t need for anything to make any sense. In DAT: why do they burn the books in the library instead of the excess furniture? Why did he take the little hatchet when he obviously needed the full size axe hung above it? In “The Colony,” someone made a long list of the non-climate details that just make no sense, such as the road signs that are in a new language everytime you see a new one, the cannibal zombies that inevitably resulted from global warmingfreezing (?!) The thing is, they started making global warming movies as soon as the approved model disaster changed, “The Hills Have Eyes” was supposed to have been one, I think, but the imagery of hot weather disaster was boring. For fictional images, they had to go back to global freezing.

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        Me, I’m waiting to see if the new Godzilla blames global warming for giant fire-breathing lizards.

      • While it wasn’t tied to a major environmental movement, the worst connection I have seen was The Core, where they tied the stopping of the Earth’s Core to pollution.

  10. One of the casualties of AGW has been, and will be in greater measure as time tells, science. Science has always suffered among the public, in large part because science reports with caveats and appropriate equivocation on the stark data and the media reports in absolutes on the WAGs and hypothesizing. But before, they could always go back and point to the official findings and say “we never said that.” Now…so many have been complicit in corrupting the data, building climate models on fancy and dire forecast, and selling “settled science” (Settled science?!? What fluffy bunny is this?) and their credibility is taking a hit. They’ve politicized themselves, whored themselves out for momentary gain, and folks are noticing. Which is unfortunate, we need science and scientific rationalism rather desperately.

    For the Chinese, hm. They’re right in their assumptions about the CinC. They can bully him and he’ll take it. But things change. More importantly, they may be misapprehending the independence of American naval captains who are expected to “fight your ship!” The repercussions after the fact would be disastrous for careers, but they don’t pick those folks for their timidity. Not quite yet, anyway.

    And I like super cock roaches. Little buggy tights. Capes. The odd mask or two. Somebody’s going to have to be around to clean up the streets of NYC in the coming years, might as well be them.

    • And I dug that wedding beginning to end. My dog thinks I’m a laughing idiot, but nothing new there.

    • More importantly, they may be misapprehending the independence of American naval captains who are expected to “fight your ship!” The repercussions after the fact would be disastrous for careers, but they don’t pick those folks for their timidity. Not quite yet, anyway.

      Maybe not captains– there was one incident, which is why I believe in some “conspiracies,” where a plane whose signal didn’t match its physical being went over our ship multiple times over several minutes. It stopped when, as I understand it, at least one of the guys on deck went and prepared to respond…without the captain’s approval. He was busy ordering some folks on the bridge to violate the standard response.

      Same thing happened with little rubber boats in the PI that would buzz us in spite of the 24/7 loudspeaker in multiple languages saying that doing so would get you shot. They stopped when the guys that would be dead if they were pulling a Cole pointed their weapons at them… against the orders of the chain of command.

      Lot of star seekers. More folks who want to live.

      • Mayhaps peacetime military politics has corrupted combat commands more than I hoped. While it might not count as timidity, too much concern for politics and career can be as damaging.

        • Don’t worry, if it’s ever those guys all the way down it’ll collapse pretty much instantly.

          Thank goodness for human nature– as it is, they spend time shuffling deckchairs and mostly just annoy everyone else.

  11. The Medieval Warm Period and “Greenland” and all of it weren’t secrets.

    What is a secret, sort of, and mentioned by no one ever, is that the world is usually much much warmer. The earth goes through warm and cold cycles and we’re in one of the cold cycles. The fact that we’re between actual ice ages is irrelevant to that. We’re just in a warm part of the cold cycle, the “Ice House” part of the million years variation. The *common* thing is for the earth to have no icecaps whatsoever. None. Those no-ice-cap times were not bad for life. They were good for life.

    What’s bad for life is if the world freezes over.

  12. Christopher M. Chupik

    No, no, no. All this Roman warming proves is that imperialism is bad for the environment, and we have to dismantle the American empire in order to save the planet . . . ;-)

  13. Yep, I’m gonna be the party pooper.

    1. You’re supposed to do Wedding Hijinx outside the church door, or at the back of the function room. All this aisle crap, or mid-wedding crap, is crap.

    2. Even with a choreographed fight modeled after a fencing runway, that aisle isn’t nearly wide enough to allow for error. I suppose you can seat all your burly friends in the aisle seats to act as human buggy bumpers, but seriously? Even in the SCA with people wielding rattan wrapped in padding and duct tape, you can break bones and wreak havoc. I practically got myself clocked just by standing too close to a fighter guy telling a No Shite There I Was story in the Baen con suite, and this is two guys _fighting with big pieces of metal in the middle of a crowd of relatives_!

    No. Just no.

    3. How stupid are these guest people, to keep sitting in their seats and not scoot away? Admittedly, I’m stupid enough to stand right behind a fighter telling a story, but I never went and stood right next to somebody in the lists, begging to get steel to the head.

    4. Big points for romance, no points for common sense, and an insurance commercial waiting to happen.

    • re: point #1 — I blame Love Actually.

    • 1. Not a church, hijinks wherever they like.
      2. The choreography is deliberately timid with no attempt at portraying full strikes, and only opens moderately out if the isle. While there’s risk, it’s contained fairly well. Beyond that life is risk.
      3. Sitting in the seats amidst a choreographed and controlled demonstration makes more sense than moving about and creating unexpected elements. Yes, there is the assumption of a degree of risk. See above.
      4. I have not to this point, nor do I anticipate change, lived my life with particular concern for anybody’s actuarial tables or insurance assessments. That they should have sacrificed the opportunity to enjoy their wedding day in such fashion because somebody else is risk averse strikes me as silly.

      I’ll hop off your lawn now. ;)

    • Heh. I’d like the burly friends in the aisle seats. With big shields, and trained to do a choreographed lift and form a shield wall in order to protect the guests when the fight started.

  14. I’m with you. They must be MMO gamers, not SCA people. I kept waiting for the leg strike on the groom, which never came, which disappointed me. And it didn’t look like any church to me (maybe I’m wrong about that); it looked like it WAS the function room … I betcha we’re of a similar religious flavor, so expecting more solemnity of the solemn vow-making kind of thing … hey, at least they were trying to get married!!!

  15. That said, it’d be very cool to make a stuntman video as part of your wedding festivities (although it contradicts the Wedding Rule of Lois McMaster Bujold — ie, don’t plan anything requiring the bride or groom to have brains during the ceremony), and holding a wedding masque play at the reception would be very nice (though giving the bride and groom starring roles doing anything but reigning over festivities also breaks the Bujold Rule).

    But during the actual wedding, something much more exciting and important is going on. I realize that these people are trying to portray that symbolically in this video, but all that other stuff is acting as more of a distraction from the action than helping it along.

    • Of course, the unspoken subtext here is that Artix is the face of all the AdventureQuest Worlds games and their weird sense of humor, most of the guests were programmers and many of them are also LARPers or cosplayers, and the video was a joke/wedding card for those of us who play AdventureQuest but don’t live close enough to Florida to go see them. So it was display with a purpose. And you notice that the actual wedding ceremony was not included in the public video.

      Anyway, it’s weird that this thing has gone viral without people even realizing its relationship to AdventureQuest Worlds.

  16. Ah, here you go:

    Posted by Beleen
    12/13/2013 2:09 PM
    Artix’s Wedding Event And New Video Game Releases!

    Some say love is a battlefield… and they couldn’t be more right! Artix is getting married to Trini, and you are cordially invited to this once-in-a-lifetime special wedding event in the MMORPG AdventureQuest Worlds!

    AdventureQuest Worlds
    Lord of the Wedding Ring: Real-Life Battle Wedding

    Artix’s creator gets married! In-game Battle Wedding event on Friday the 13th
    Unlock multiple event endings with souvenir screenshot-postcards
    Rares shop and permanent merge shop
    Glacial Warlord Class special upgrade and AC offer
    This Saturday: Beleen’s birthday shop in Frostvale
    Log in to get 200 Free ACs as a Frostval present from Adam, Michelle, and the AQW team!

    The weddings presents don’t end there! Your favorite online games have just released brand new items, quests, monsters, and mayhem on Friday the 13th (HA! And they say Friday the 13th is an unlucky day). Read More to uncover all the new adventures happening now. Battle on!

    http://www.artix.com/designNotes/post/25198/Artixs-Wedding-Event-And-New-Video-Game-Releases

    • It’s a crummy commercial !?!?!! Sigh …

      • Not a commercial, more like an on-line wedding reception for their community.

        • Yup, Adam and Michelle were real people really getting married. But Adam also runs the game company, which is named after his character Artix the Paladin. And so the characters Artix and Trini are also getting married in the game, and there are presents for everyone.

          When the boss parties, everybody parties! (Well, everybody except the folks on Adventure Quest, the original game, which is kind of a side project these days….)

  17. If you want something to shut the AGW people up, try this: http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3553

  18. Sarah, you forgot one, not surprising because it only seems to have shown up on Reuters, Bing and the Buenos Aires Herald online edition:
    UN Iran panel chair urges states to keep enforcing sanctions

    The Australian chairman of the UN Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee urged the United Nations’ 193 member states to continue enforcing UN sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
    Australia’s UN Ambassador Gary Quinlan told the 15-nation Security Council that a Nov. 24 interim deal between Iran and six world powers, which offers Iran limited sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, did not affect countries’ legal obligations to implement UN measures.

    It may be that the Prez and his new Secretary of State have not made the impact they were looking for.

    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/147358/-un-iran-panel-chair-urges-states-to-keep-enforcing-sanctions

  19. I hope that the increasing risibility of their antics is because they’re sensing that their “evidence” and excuses are daily becoming more and more threadbare.

    I hope that someday they finally learn (and admit) that, despite it’s flaws, our system and our culture have lifted more people out of poverty than anything else our race has tried, all while acknowledging that, while their inalienable rights may be theirs to use wisely OR squander, those same rights are NOT the government’s to chip away.

    I hope that someday they’ll finally admit that there is nothing wrong with taking a just pride in an imperfect system that works more often than it doesn’t. And that when your starting point for a political system is a standard of “perfection” that human beings are singularly unsuited for, the end result is always, ALWAYS — mass graves, Konzentrazionlagers, killing fields, or a bullet to the back of the head.

    I hope. But I’m damn sure not holding my breath. All the evidence suggests that, while they *HATE* being mocked no matter how ridiculous they get, they hate admitting error even MORE. But that’s hardly a unique position amongst religious zealots.

  20. Definitely the most epic wedding ever.