Sunday, June 28, 2009

But there's more!

Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, and we'll even throw in Michael Jackson.

But there's more! Act right now and Billy Mays gets it, too.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson - Question & Tribute

One thing that has not been addressed in all the Michael Jackson death coverage: Were they able to save the gerbil?

What a great artist, without Michael Jackson, this would never have been possible.

Small world - as seen on Instapundit

That's my old office in the West TVA Tower. When I worked there, Knoxville featured roll-up the sidewalks at sundown.


Gaia don't need no cap & trade

In honor of today's cap & trade vote, I direct you to this recent paper posted at Watts Up With That? presenting Willis Eschenbach's Thermostat Hypothesis for global temperature control. Eschenbach's hypothesis is that tropical clouds and thunderstorms actively regulate the temperature of the earth. This keeps the earth at a equilibrium temperature.

The paper is a long read, and the fascinating discussion in the comments is even longer. These are my thoughts on Eschenbach's hypothesis.
Thermodynamics on a global scale will prevent global warming from occurring. In additional to reflective cloud formation, the physical properties of water establish a setpoint temperature that when reached causes active heat engines to form. We call the active heat engines "thunderstorms," and they eject heat from the earth into space. The setpoint is approximately 305K (90 degrees Fahrenheit), and corresponds nicely with the maximum temperature found at sea level in our equatorial oceans.

Water's physical properties do not change, even with increasing atmospheric CO2, hence Gaia's setpoint cannot change with increasing human CO2 emissions.

The graphic below from Eschenbach's paper shows how equatorial clouds form through the day. More than half of the solar heating of the earth occurs in this equatorial zone. The warming sun causes cumulus clouds to form during the morning until sometime between 10:00 and 11:30 they reflect a large percent of the incoming solar energy. The clouds remain fairly constant and moderate temperature for most of the day until they reach a critical point where thunderstorms will form.

The cumulonimbus, or thunderstorm, clouds bypass any insulating greenhouse gases and pull heat directly from the earth's tropical surface into the troposphere. Here, the heat is ejected into space.

The heat reflected by the cumulus clouds and ejected by the cumulonimbus clouds is orders of magnitude greater than Al Gore's worst nightmare for greenhouse gas warming of the earth. Therefore, the earth will self regulate its temperature, and anthropogenic global warming is impossible.

A very intelligent design, indeed.

These are Eschenbach's Conclusions and Musings from his paper.
1. The sun puts out more than enough energy to totally roast the earth. It is kept from doing so by the clouds reflecting about a third of the sun’s energy back to space. As near as we can tell, this system of cloud formation to limit temperature rises has never failed.

2. This reflective shield of clouds forms in the tropics in response to increasing temperature.

3. As tropical temperatures continue to rise, the reflective shield is assisted by the formation of independent heat engines called thunderstorms. These cool the surface in a host of ways, move heat aloft, and convert heat to work.

4. Like cumulus clouds, thunderstorms also form in response to increasing temperature.

5. Because they are temperature driven, as tropical temperatures rise, tropical thunderstorms and cumulus production increase. These combine to regulate and limit the temperature rise. When tropical temperatures are cool, tropical skies clear and the earth rapidly warms. But when the tropics heat up, cumulus and cumulonimbus put a limit on the warming. This system keeps the earth within a fairly narrow band of temperatures.

6. The earth’s temperature regulation system is based on the unchanging physics of wind, water, and cloud.

7. This is a reasonable explanation for how the temperature of the earth has stayed so stable (or more recently, bi-stable as glacial and interglacial) for hundreds of millions of years.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sanford - Flynn - McBride

You'd think someone with his track record would steer clear of these stories.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Let's make a deal

I'll trade you Jim Doyle for Mark Sanford any day. Hell, I'll even throw in Herb Kohl.

Frankly, I am more embarrassed to have those hacks as my elected officials than I could ever be with Sanford. Even if his rendezvous in Argentina involved a goat and a gay porn star.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Say cheese!

Today's Quiz:

Who is being being booked for first-degree intentional homicide and who is sitting next to Carla Sarkozy?

They must teach that look at Community Organizer school.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The pool of pus starts to ooze

By now I'm used to corruption and waste in any large American city, it is part of the political culture. I learned this week that Sacramento is no exception. I even learned to accept the scale of the corruption, a half million to a basketball hero in this case.

But as the details emerge it is clear that the Corruptocrat in Chief and the First Lady of Corruption intend to work on a much bigger scale. They have plans to rob the nation of hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars for themselves and their political cronies.

Someone pop this zit, before it is too late.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

John Galt, M.D.

I found out today that a second one of the doctors I sometimes see is leaving my clinic.

It is probably just a coincidence that each physician is moving to a lower tax state.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Prosciutto di Baraboo

Following up on this post from last October, I have finally cut into the salted, air dried ham that was hanging over my sump pump for almost eight months.

When unwrapping and cutting into the meat I was pleased that there was no funky odor. Nothing, not even a meaty smell.

The ham shows the excellent marbling of this Berkshire pork. The meat is salty, but less so away from the outside surface. Excellent flavor and texture, maybe the best Prosciutto I've ever eaten.

A clue for Herb Kohl

Since Sen. Kohl can't buy a clue with all his millions, I'll tell him why cell phone companies have raised the price of text messaging. They have raised their prices because stupid people will pay them.

Based on Herbie's thinking, I expect to get front row seats for the Bucks next year for the $20 I'm willing to pay for them.

What a dumbass.

How to deal with Favre

After his interview with Jack Buck it is pretty clear that Brett Favre is now, mentally at least, a Viking.

As much as Favre likes to retire, the Packers should announce the retirement of Favre's number on the day of the Vikings game. And like Favre, the Packers can change their mind about it later.

This can become an annual event.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Markets in action - Oil/Corn/Ethanol

It has been over seven months since I last updated this chart. The price relationship between oil, corn, and ethanol remains rock solid.

Purely by chance, if you follow my critics.