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Archive for December 1st, 2005

But, I Thought Things Were Getting Worse in Iraq…

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Suicide bombings at their lowest level in seven months? Wonder if the Democrats have heard this? I also wonder if they care.

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And, Sun Microsystems Goes OpenSource

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

A risky decision, but if it works, it could catapult Sun out of the financial doldrums, and be a big threat to the Empire of Microsoft. Star Office is a worthy competitor to MSOffice, though I’ve found OpenOffice a better choice for my blogging needs. And its free. Star Office is still $69 for now.

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Firefox 1.5 Is Out

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Get your update for Firefox. I don’t see how folks can continue to use the slow and clunky Internet Explorer when Firefox offers so much more, including tabbed browsing. But, for those of you that are, check out firefox, the best browser around…though Opera comes close.

And, here’s a story about all the folks who have already updated.

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The Gulf Stream Current is Weakening!!!! We’re All Gonna Die!!!!!

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Well, maybe not. In fact, probably not. With scare stories like this, it is vital that you read the whole story. For this one, the most important line is NOT this, the very first paragraph of the story:

The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today.

But this, at paragraph 12 and 13:

Chris West, director of the UK climate impacts programme at Oxford University’s centre for the environment, said: “The only way computer models have managed to simulate an entire shutdown of the current is to magic into existence millions of tonnes of fresh water and dump it in the Atlantic. It’s not clear where that water could ever come from, even taking into account increased Greenland melting.”

Uncertainties in climate change models mean that the overall impact on Britain of a slowing down in the current are hard to pin down. “We know that if the current slows down, it will lead to a drop in temperatures in Britain and northern Europe of a few degrees, but the effect isn’t even over the seasons. Most of the cooling would be in the winter, so the biggest impact would be much colder winters,” said Tim Osborn, of the University of East Anglia climatic research unit.

“Uncertainties in computer change models.” Translation: What you put in to a computer, Including the assumptions of the climatologist doing the study, is what you will get out. If you believe in global warming, you will invariably get models that prove your theory. Now, be honest, would you have read all the way to paragraph 12 on your own? Most people, including the journalists who will repeat this story, wouldn’t have.

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But, I Thought Things Were Getting Worse in Iraq…

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Suicide bombings at their lowest level in seven months? Wonder if the Democrats have heard this? I also wonder if they care.

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A Great Way to Purchase Books

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Ebooks .com offers today’s best sellers directly to your computer. If you spend as much time online as I do, this is a great way to keep up with your reading. There will soon be a link on the right, and links to specific books in Liberty Recommends.

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Racial Matters: A Wonderful Series

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Paul, over at Disambiguation has his next installment of Racial Matters up. A very personal and moving account of race relations in America, by one who knows the topic up close. Very much worth reading from the beginning.

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And, Sun Microsystems Goes OpenSource

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

A risky decision, but if it works, it could catapult Sun out of the financial doldrums, and be a big threat to the Empire of Microsoft. Star Office is a worthy competitor to MSOffice, though I’ve found OpenOffice a better choice for my blogging needs. And its free. Star Office is still $69 for now.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Firefox 1.5 Is Out

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Get your update for Firefox. I don’t see how folks can continue to use the slow and clunky Internet Explorer when Firefox offers so much more, including tabbed browsing. But, for those of you that are, check out firefox, the best browser around…though Opera comes close.

And, here’s a story about all the folks who have already updated.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

The Gulf Stream Current is Weakening!!!! We’re All Gonna Die!!!!!

Posted by Mark on December 1, 2005

Well, maybe not. In fact, probably not. With scare stories like this, it is vital that you read the whole story. For this one, the most important line is NOT this, the very first paragraph of the story:

The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today.

But this, at paragraph 12 and 13:

Chris West, director of the UK climate impacts programme at Oxford University’s centre for the environment, said: “The only way computer models have managed to simulate an entire shutdown of the current is to magic into existence millions of tonnes of fresh water and dump it in the Atlantic. It’s not clear where that water could ever come from, even taking into account increased Greenland melting.”

Uncertainties in climate change models mean that the overall impact on Britain of a slowing down in the current are hard to pin down. “We know that if the current slows down, it will lead to a drop in temperatures in Britain and northern Europe of a few degrees, but the effect isn’t even over the seasons. Most of the cooling would be in the winter, so the biggest impact would be much colder winters,” said Tim Osborn, of the University of East Anglia climatic research unit.

“Uncertainties in computer change models.” Translation: What you put in to a computer, Including the assumptions of the climatologist doing the study, is what you will get out. If you believe in global warming, you will invariably get models that prove your theory. Now, be honest, would you have read all the way to paragraph 12 on your own? Most people, including the journalists who will repeat this story, wouldn’t have.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »