The Religion of Peace

As shown on Skynews a video of a woman being whipped for a crime. What was her crime you ask? Wearing a pair of pants under her Islamic garb.

Here is a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_JJFF5X-g&feature=player_embedded#!

Now bleeding heart libtards like Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behr say that only Islamic extremists are terrorists and condone violence, but this video shows that is not the case. Not only does the government condone this stuff, they have a special police force that perpetrates this sickening violence. They draw a good crowd as they whip this woman and as shown it is great fun as one official laughs out loud on camera. So for all you Libtards out there get it through your heads: The ones you label as Islamic extremists are not the minority of the Islamic faith they are the majority and to them this is not extreme. This is what they want to do to every woman, in every country around the world.

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World Record Railgun Test!

In a lot of popular science fiction stories one of the favorite weapons that are used is the Railgun. Well the US Navy has been testing out Railgun technology and has a test gun in Dahlgren Va. In 2008 the set a Railgun muzzle energy record of 10 Mega Joules. Just recently they broke the record with a record of a 33 Mega Joule shot which can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfU-wMwL2U&feature=player_embedded

According to the USN they hope to have a 64 Mega Joule Railgun ready to go and onboard ship by 2025. See the article here:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/10/5626100-railgun-shot-heard-round-the-world?gt1=43001

Do We Really Know What The Temperature Is?

How many times have you seen temperature graphs similar to this:

Figure 1

In figure 1 it is a graph of the average yearly anomaly’s for the USHCN Raw dataset for the station located at State College Pa, but it could just as well be a station record from GISS or from GHCN or from any place around the world and the basic properties of the graph would be the same. You would have start and end dates, data points, a possible trend line and so forth. It all looks fine except for one little problem that I have yet to seen addressed in Climate Science: Instrument Error.

Every device that man has built to measure something has a built in error range and it is something that can only be accounted and know if you compare your device against one of known value or against something of a known physical property. For Thermometers they typically compare them to the known freezing and boiling points of water. This is called calibration and even after that there is still a error band, which is the accuracy of the thermometer. With today’s technology we can whittle down that error band sometimes as low as +/- .001 but for something like that it takes a lot more money so typically you won’t get near that level. However what about in the past? How accurate were those thermometers back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s? What was the accuracy of ones even in the 40’s and 50’s?

If you look around the internet you find that Liquid in Glass (LIG) are still for sale and they have error ranges as much as .5°, others at .3° and you can buy Platinum Resistance Thermistors (PRT) that have accuracy’s of .1°, which brings us back to what was it like back in the olden days before the people taking these readings were worried about raises in temperature of a fraction of a degree.  So would it be reasonable to assume that early Max/Min thermometers had a +/- accuracy of at least .5°? I would say yes.

Now you may ask what does that got to do with anything?  The answer is a lot. You see that +/- rating of .5° means that when you see a daily max/min temperatures in those old records it isn’t exactly true. Example if it is written that the Max was 50°F and the Min was 39°F that means that the Max could actually be up to 50.5° and as low as 49.5°, with the Min being actually between 39.5° and 38.5°. This in turn affects the mean for day  and consequently the average mean for the month by the same amount. Here is an example: Lets say that the Thermometer in State College Pa during the year of 1939 had an accuracy of +/- .5° F . Below you will see how much that can affect the means. Read more of this post

2010 Hottest Year Ever?

2010 is coming to a close at the end of this month, at least in a meteorological sense. You see for meteorological purposes the year ends at the end of November instead of December because December is the starting month for the winter season. So how is 2010 shaping up? Well according to most of the analysis 2010 will not be the Hottest Year on Record.

Figure 1

Here in Figure 1 we see the monthly anomalies for each of the analysis datasets. The reason it only goes back to 1979 is for two reasons, the first being 1979 is as far back as you can go for the satellite datasets and that for all of the datasets they have the Hottest Year on Record after 1979. As can be clearly seen the only dataset that has 2010 as the possible record year is the GISS analysis. Read more of this post

Santa Cantalina Mystery Craft

For those that haven’t seen the news recently there was an object filmed by KCBS yesterday evening as the sunset that appears to be a missile. Now today the Pentagon has come out with a statement that it wasn’t a foreign missile and not a threat to the US but they don’t know what it is. The Air Force and the Navy both say they didn’t fire off a missile and have come out with the excuse that it’s an airplane.

Ok folks here is some obvious things that makes these statements completely BOGUS:

1. If it was an Aircraft that close to Los Angeles, Air Traffic Control at LAX would have had them on radar and it would have been confirmed to KCBS yesterday that is what it was.

2. If you don’t know what the object is how can you say it wasn’t foreign or a threat to the US?

3. If it was an accidental launch or a problem with any particular US Weapon System the Pentagon would try to cover it up as “just an aircraft, nothing to see here move along”.

Now I’m going to give two possible explanations for what it was, these are based on my knowledge from my Navy days, film of certain launches during the Gulf War and a possible message being sent by a foreign government.

1. It was a missile launch by a Chinese Submarine off the US coast as a message/warning to the US.

2. It was a launch from a US warship or from the US Gunnery Range and missile test facility south of Santa Catalina on San Clemente Island. Read more of this post

The American Voter Sees RED

UPDATE: New updated map

How bad was it for the Democrats in this years House elections? Compare these two maps from Fox News:

House Pre-Election

House at 11:59 PM EST Election Day

 

House as of Nov 4th

 

 

I think that says it all right there.

Are They Really That Stupid?

I ask that question after watching the Talking Heads and Dems fail basic logic over the last 2 days. I keep hearing how “so what if the Tea Party backed Republicans win the House and pick up seats in the Senate, Obama can still veto everything they do and then where will they be. The Tea Party will then turn against them”. Unfortunately for these talking Heads and the Dems that is not logical in progression. First let’s go back to why the Tea Party formed and what caused them to back conservatives Republicans: The Dems ignored what the voters wanted when they passed stimulus, Wall street Bailouts, Cap and Tax in the House, Obamacare with deem and pass. They did not get angry with the Republicans that voted against all those things but because the Dems had control of the House, a filibuster proof Senate and the President was not able to stop them.

See what that is: Go against the Voters they get angry with you, go with them even when you can’t stop the spending and they are not angry with you.

Now do the voters want the Bush Tax Breaks extended: Yes

Do they want Obamacare repealed: Yes

Do they want Government Spending Cut: Yes

Now lets say the Republicans in the House pass bills that does all that and it gets blocked by the Senate. Who do you think the voters are going to go after in 2012: The Republicans that listened to the voters in 2010 or the Dems that didn’t? Lets say that not only did it pass the House but also squeaked by the Senate and Obama vetos them. Who do you think the voters will go after: The Republicans that listened to the voters in 2010 or Obama and the Dems that didn’t?

If you say the Republicans you just failed basic logic and you did that even with the example of what happened in this election for those that went against the voters staring you in the face. If Obama and the Dems block and/or veto the bills the Republicans pass out of the House that have widespread voter support, Obama becomes a 1 term President and the 2012 election will be an even worse bloodbath for Dems then 2010 is.

Another Problem with GISS Infilling?

Over on WUWT Steven Mosher has a very interesting post up about problems with the latitude and longitude that NCDC gives in it’s GHCN dataset. What he has found if that the coordinates given by NCDC for different temperature monitor stations are off and not just by a little bit, sometimes it’s by as much as 300km from their actual locations. He shows how this error is then transmitted from GHCN into the GISS analysis via the GISS nightlights adjustment for UHI. One example he shows is that the temperature station is at an airport out among the sands of a desert. Now this should cause GISS to find nightlights and also to list the station as airport, but it doesn’t. According to GISS that station comes up dark and is listed as desert. Why? Well the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) has the coords listed for the airport but GHCN has the coords 300km away in the middle of the desert with nothing surrounding it. This will obviously skew the numbers for that station in the GISS analysis,but how much is not known at the moment and we do not know how many other stations are incorrectly placed (some listed as dark when they should be lighted and vise versa) and how much the global numbers are affected. While I have tried to explain it adequately it is better to see the post it self which includes Google Earth shots that drive the point home before I move on to the next part. Here is the link to the post:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/31/metadata-errors-in-the-global-weather-station-database/

Now I didn’t read all the comments on WUWT yet but a thought occurred to me: If this error causes this problem in GISS could it cause another type of problem? My answer is yes.

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How Long Does Spring, Summer and Fall Last on Mt.Hood?

Well for the year of 2010 if you go by the Ski season it totals about 4 months. You see back in the second week of June when I was on vacation in the Portland area I visited Mt. Hood and the Timberline Lodge Ski resort. At that time the resort was still open and there was skiing and here is a pictures taken from there:

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Cryoburn From Lois McMaster Bujold

Coming this November 1st the latest Miles Vorkosigan  book by Lois McMaster Buold, Cryoburn, will come out in Hardcover. With this release of Cryoburn, for the first time ever there was a CD released that contains the past Vorkoverse books. Now prior to this I had only read one Miles Vorkosigan story ( The Mountains of Mourning) when it was put up for free in the Baen Free Library to see if I would like the authors style of writing. I found that I liked the story and would like to read the entire series, of course that presented a Problem: finding and buying all of the old books. As you can see this CD release was very good news since finances have been tight and the Fifth Imperium Site has recently placed the Cryoburn CD up. I have personally over the past week + been reading the entire Vorkoverse (except the Novel Memory, it is not on the CD).

So for all those that have wanted to check out the Vorkoverse but not wanted to hunt down and/or put out the expense of buying the books from the beginning of the  series can now do it by going here:

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/

If you want to see the “chronological order” (not publish order) and small blurbs to the stories see this wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosigan_Saga

However here is some things you should know about the characters and planets of the Vorkoverse: Read more of this post