Tuesday, February 08, 2011

At this point there's roughly 4" on the ground

and still coming down, but I don't think it'll be nearly what the weather weenies were breathlessly predicting the other day. I don't expect them to know exactly how much'll come down, but when they ALWAYS get that look on their face and push toward the worst case, it doesn't help their credibility. It IS damn cold out there.

Speaking of weather stuff, last night I ran across this(cannot remember who linked to it) on the magnetic poles shifting, and claiming it's causing all the heavy storms of all kinds. Grist for the mill certainly; some of the predictions, I call BS, along with some of the 'reporting'. This about the flooding in Australia for instance:
...Shocked authorities now numbly concede that much of the water may never dissipate and have wearily resigned themselves to the possibility that region will now contain a new inland sea.
Well, I hadn't heard anything about that(the hurricane permanently blocked up all the drainage?), and apparently the locals hadn't either: - um... I live in Australia, and haven't heard anything like this at all... in fact the floods that were in brisbane have gone, and I see no evidence of an "inland sea" did you even bother to look for sources before writing this crap? Apparently not.

Anyway, the part that really got me was this:
"There is, however, a growing body of evidence that the Earth's magnetic field is about to disappear, at least for a while. The geological record shows that it flips from time to time, with the south pole becoming the north, and vice versa. On average, such reversals take place every 500,000 years, but there is no discernible pattern. Flips have happened as close together as 50,000 years, though the last one was 780,000 years ago. But, as discussed at the Greenland Space Science Symposium, held in Kangerlussuaq this week, the signs are that another flip is coming soon."
Ok, we know- have known for a long time- about the poles shifting; what's this 'disappear, at least for a while' crap? I don't remember a lot of my past geology classes, but I do remember that a big factor in generating the field is the movement of the core and surrounding layers, so unless they stopped moving there's no physical way for the field to 'disappear'. At all. Move around, sure; go away? Sounds like that BS in Gore's favorite movie about "The Gulf Stream just stopped!"

Speaking of Gore reminded me of one of those idiot Facebook things, I made the error of pointing to Howard Dean's comments and using a link to The Blaze for the video; this led to "Beck is a Liar!" commentary, with the 'proof' of his lies being a link to media Matters calling him names. Please. A: Media Matters doesn't exactly class as a unbiased information source, and B: Calling names and yelling "LIAR!" doesn't prove information false. And since the link was to a video showing Dean SAYING THE WORDS, I'm not sure how calling Beck a liar came into it at all.

My first thought about this was "If the information is correct, there are a bunch of people in alphabet agencies who need to be fired", but considering past history I don't have much doubt.

Yeah, the left really care about that freedom of speech thing, don't they?
Planned disturbances by Arabs and leftists have forced former U.S. President George W. Bush to cancel a speech to the United Israel Appeal (UIA) in Switzerland due to concerns for his security.

The calls to demonstrate were sliding into dangerous terrain, Robert Equey, a lawyer for the UIA, told the Swiss daily newspaper Tribune de Genève.

Bush was to launch the UIA’s annual fundraising campaign. The organization’s Geneva director, Nati Metuki, said that Bush’s appearance was called off after intelligence officials said that Arabs, anarchists and anti-Israel leftists planned to cause disturbances at the event.

Joe Biden's very enthusiastic about wasting billions of dollars of other peoples money on fast trains.

The Brady & Co. Wish List.
Other salient and recurring gun control issues that have generated past congressional interest include (1) screening firearms background check applicants against terrorist watch lists; (2) reforming the regulation of federally licensed gun dealers; (3) requiring background checks for private firearms transfers at gun shows; (4) more-strictly regulating certain firearms previously defined in statute as “semiautomatic assault weapons”; and (5) banning or requiring the registration of certain long-range .50 caliber rifles, which are commonly referred to as “sniper” rifles.

Was just announced that Bartlesville, up in northeast OK, has had 20" of snow so far. That's on top of the 20+ they got a week ago. Damn.

This should read "Which GOP candidate would the Democrats who read CNN.com like to see nominated?"

Breda had this a couple of days ago, should have posted it sooner:

Why Red, what big teeth you've grown!

Over at Sipsey Street, five questions for the Justice Department, BATFE and anyone else called in to be asked under oath.

And on that note, I think I need an early lunch.


Phelps said...

Yeah, the disappearing act happens every so often. It happens for a few days, when there is a real churning going on. As I understand it, it's a temporary thing while the flip is happening (which is different than the gradual shift we are seeing right now.) It's like when the current suddenly shifts in water. For a while, it's just turbulence and eddys while things get shifted around. The magnetic energy is still there, but it's so random that it's nothing resembling the coherent field we have now.

What is going to be interesting is what effect that has on our ability to screen out harmful celestial rays and what effect it will have on our electronic devices.

Firehand said...

Ah, ok