Saturday, November 28, 2009

Phrase from stolen emails proves science itself is a hoax 

I've been told I'm supposed to care about cherry picked, out-of-context quotes from hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia. The only thing I know about the U. of E.A. is that their mascot is the Ragin Cajuns, which is pretty surprising.

Out of an immense volume of emails, it's amazing that the supposed "smoking gun" gotcha quotes which have been revealed thus far are so incredibly small and easily explainable. For the Global Warming Denialbaggers to prove some large, over-arching climate conspiracy... they're going to need a helluva lot more than some catty backchannel talk among academics. Just because some perfessor says "trick", that doesn't disprove science. And you know that the Denialbaggers are not going to sit on the best stuff-- so where is it? The absence of truly suspicious and inexplicable statements is the real surprise here, as RealClimate.org soberly summarized.

More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’ [MWP stands for Medieval Warm Period], no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.


Domestically, I'd love to get a Venn Diagram of the number of Denialists who hold that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to Church and that Global Warming is a liberal "hoax". It would be helpful in life if these people were publicly identified, because I really don't need to listen to hockey moms who don't accept the theory of evolution to lecture me about lack of scientific basis for the global warming temperature 'hockey stick'.

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This week in carcass 

1. Forty million turkey carcasses, give or take, are becoming stock or compost.


2. The Dishrag reports:

"Twilight" star Christian Serratos is only 19. But she's already posed naked for peta2, making her the youngest "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" model.

[She] explains, "I've always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, wearing carcass. It's just always seemed gross to me."


3. USA TODAY:

Is the world ready for a sport played with a headless goat carcass?

Haji Abdul Rashid thinks it is and has big plans: corporate sponsors, television rights and beyond.

"We want it to become an Olympic sport," says Rashid, who heads the Buzkashi Federation.

To understand how ambitious — even crazy — this is, consider the game. Buzkashi, which means "goat grabbing," is a violent sport with virtually no rules. Players, called chapandaz, gallop at breakneck speed over a dusty field, fighting over a dead animal without a head.
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The game has no rounds or time limits. Galloping horses regularly spill off the field, sending terrified spectators running for safety.
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The object of the game is to carry the carcass, which can weigh as much as 100 pounds, toward the other end of the field and around a flag before heading back to drop it in a circle marked with chalk. Players occasionally end up with broken bones or even trampled to death.


4. Daily Telegraph:

A rural town in New Zealand has been forced to cancel its annual rabbit-throwing competition after complaints from animal rights groups.

In the contest, which is held each year to coincide with the start of the pig hunt, children see how far they can throw a dead rabbit.

5. And finally, The Rockefeller Republican Club (RRC) held its annual meeting in a phone booth in Providence, Rhode Island this year. Their action plan for 2010 is to watch in horror as the GOP moves so far right that Reagan becomes a RINO, and Lincoln a profound historical embarrassment.

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Yule be sorry 

Before Thanksgiving turkey had even been fully digested, some nolabloggers couldn't wait to begin the "hostilidays". All I can say is... be careful what you wish for.

Adrastos, Minor Wisdom and Humid City have entries. Not bad. [Update: Maitri and Liprap have joined in.]

We'll take it easy on them, since it's not even December yet. Here is LeBoom's "Xmas = Sexmas". Enjoy:


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Green Corps" for the coast 

Mark LaFlaur at Levees not War wrote an exceptional piece advocating a new "Green Corps" effort to save Louisiana's vanishing coast. It's not too long and the topic is important, so go read it.


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Speaking of green, last week I was wondering if Jay Leno's primetime show was part of NBC's "Go Green" campaign. That is, I was wondering if the show was made with a goal of lowering energy costs, since few people watch it. But the flaw in this thinking is that viewers may simply turn the channel from Leno to something else, rather than turn the tv set off completely.



To be fair, Jay Leno is no Jimmy Fallon (who I find dreadfully, soul-stealingly unfunny. The chronic giggling at his own jokes-- kill me).

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Quotes of the weak 

"Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem."

--Ann Coulter, who doesn't even offer a courtesy flush before dumping another load of hateful pollution into the bowl of public discourse.


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Hope Coulter informs the U.S. Marine Corps about "diversity's" unfortunate historical track record before they do any more honoring of the Native American Code Talkers who helped America win the Pacific Theater in World War II.

Speaking of which, that gay dude who invented the computer and broke the Nazi code so the Allies could prevail in WWII... yeah, too bad he wasn't in a homo re-education camp instead of assisting the effort to steer world history away from fascism and towards technological progress.

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Oyster Filter post up at Humid Beings 



The latest Oyster Filter post at Humid Beings is the story of Saints Fan Darvin Moon.

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"I had the little bastard killed. He was a thorn in my shoe." 

The Discovery Channel aired a new JFK assassination special the other night titled "Did the Mob Kill JFK?". I thought it was pretty solid, because it heavily featured conspiracy authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, whose work I respect. Even though I plugged their new book, "Legacy of Secrecy", in January, I still haven't read it. (Bad oyster!) The Discovery Channel's program focused heavily on interviews with Waldron and Hartmann, and threw in a little bit of Gerald "Case Closed" Posner for balance. Waldron and Hartmann discussed the new evidence supporting their theory that the mob finally killed Kennedy in Dallas (after two attempts in Chicago and Tampa), and that New Orleans Mob boss Carlos Marcello-- who had ties to Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald and David Ferrie-- is responsible for ordering the hit and setting up the patsy. It was disclosed that in the mid-eighties, when Marcello was doing time in prison he even confessed his role to an undercover FBI informant. He did this unprompted, and used the elegant words that form the title sentence of this post. There are literally thousands of hours of taped conversations between Marcello and this informant that haven't been released. when he was in prison during the mid-eighties (using the elegant words in the title sentence). The program featured featured significant numbers of photos and video footage of Marcello that I hadn't seen before. Fun, menacing stuff.

Also, there are interviews with Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden, who Waldron and Hartmann have helped to exonerate with their research.

The Discovery Channel also debuted another special titled "JFK: THE RUBY CONNECTION". It had more of an anti-conspiracy bias. What I liked most was the specificity with which they tracked Ruby's movements before and after the assassination. Also, the special went into considerable detail about the numerous contingencies involved in Oswald's transfer from city to county jail. This strengthens the argument against a conspiracy, since Ruby was across the street at a Western union when Oswald was supposed to have been transferred. However, Oswald was cold, and it took some time for the police to get him a sweater, so he came out later than expected and Jack Ruby had time to get into position for the lower torso kill shot. The second half of "the Ruby Connection" was re-enactment stuff that didn't do much for me.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Head is in! 

Noladishu informs us that City Councilwoman Stacy Head will run for re-election. That's great.

"New Orleans has the greatest people in the country who do great things to make a great city," she said in a prepared statement."

Sounds almost like she's trying to scoop Kenner's new motto. But I suppose it's a better re-election slogan than some of Head's previous declarations.

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Update: Adrastos tells us that Jazz Maestro Irvin Mayfield will enter the mayoral sweepstakes. Despite great name recognition, it's difficult to envisage how he will be able to impact the race.

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News to some 

USA TODAY:

NEW ORLEANS — The recent ruling here by a federal judge confirmed what victims of Hurricane Katrina have been arguing the past four years: the catastrophic floods in 2005 were a manmade disaster, not a natural phenomenon.

The landmark ruling blames negligence by the Army Corps of Engineers for some of the worst flooding from Hurricane Katrina.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Artist at work 

The New Orleans Museum of Art has some hella-cool upcoming exhibits. I already mentioned Skylar Fein's punk-rock "Youth Manifesto", but at the end of January we can expect something magnificent:

This winter the New Orleans Museum of Art kicks off the 2010 contemporary exhibition schedule with a celebration of New Orleans artists Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Widely known for their performances in music clubs and alternative art spaces over the past fifteen years, Quintron and Miss Pussycat have inspired audiences around the world with their innovative approach to puppetry and organ-based music. Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park will be the artists' first museum exhibition. This multimedia presentation is designed to acquaint audiences with their work from previous years, and highlight new projects including the debut of a new video by Miss Pussycat, and an original music album by Quintron, which will be recorded entirely on-site at the New Orleans Museum of Art.


Not only will you be able to see hundreds of Miss Pussycat's puppets and scenes, but you will be able to see Quintron ("at work" with organ and Drum Buddy) creating new swamp funk recordings in a museum.

Quintron will clock in five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday during normal business hours, to work on the album. Having visited NOMA's art storage numerous times since early 2009, the artist has carefully chosen a selection of paintings, primarily portraits from the last few centuries, to be displayed around his electric organ and recording table. Quintron will draw inspiration from these masterpieces and from the unique and unfamiliar experience of recording in front of an audience of Museum visitors. Members of the public will be invited to enter the recording studio and observe the artist at work.


This strikes me as very cool.

Also, fans of Disney films might find this interesting:

Dreams Come True showcases original artwork from legendary Disney animated films, including Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and will feature a children's section celebrating Disney's connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. ... Organized by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and the New Orleans Museum of Art, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney's upcoming animated feature, The Princess and the Frog, set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Couhigtown 

Mayoral candidate Rob "inconceivable" Couhig wants to play "Let's Remind New Orleans":

Asked what qualities they would look for in a new police chief, all [seven mayoral hopefuls] said the New Orleans Police Department needs a new leader identified through a national search.
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Attorney Rob Couhig reminded the audience that when he ran for mayor in 2006, he promised to fire Police Superintendent Warren Riley. "There hasn't been a day that has gone by since then that I haven't been proved correct," he said.

Looks like fun, lemme try:

I'd like to remind my audience that in 2006 Rob Couhig endorsed the only mayoral candidate who was committed to keeping the police chief that everyone wants to replace. There hasn't been a day that has gone by since then that Couhig hasn't been proven wrong, Wrong, WRONG.

Over the years, Couhig downplayed the horrific ramifications of his Nagin endorsement in 2006. Recently, he expressed disappointment about it, but not for the reasons you might assume.

Couhig, a strident critic of Mayor Ray Nagin in the crowded 2006 primary, shocked many observers when he endorsed the incumbent in the runoff against Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.

Discussing his future, Couhig told WDSU-TV recently that if he takes a pass on the 2010 race, don't expect him to back anyone.

"It would be very hard for me to endorse anybody this time... because the last time it was the singular disappointment of my life."

That sounds like a pretty strong comment, but it isn't. Couhig explains that his disappointment is not in himself but in Nagin, because Nagin broke his promise to be personally involved in the city's recovery. Couhig was disappointed by Nagin's effort, after he endorsed him. Not his judgment, his corrupt administration, his cornball ideas, his lack of transparency, or his inability to control crime... No, Couhig says that he was disappointed in Nagin because he got lazy. If Nagin had only seized the reins of the recovery instead of handing them to Meffmouth Blakely, perhaps Couhig wouldn't be so singularly disappointed.

Initially, I was elated when Nagin hired a recovery czar. How could someone else be any worse, I thought. I'm willing to pay someone else to be mayor if Nagin wants to just do the ribbon-cutting... etc.. But somehow Nagin -- who isn't willing to do a national search for a new police chief-- did an international search for a recovery czar, and found one of the top four buffoons in the world. I'll admit it: Blakely was a disappointment to me, and my expectations weren't too high (just be better than Nagin).

YRHT reminds us about the reasons Couhig gave for his endorsement back in 06:

At a joint news conference with Mayor Nagin, [Rob] Couhig said he considered either staying neutral or backing Landrieu. But ended up deciding both courses were wrong.

“That’s not in my nature,” he said. Couhig said he ended up supporting Nagin because he believes the mayor is someone “who understands business.”

I like that Couhig is running again this time around. I truly do. And I don't think voters should write him off simply because of his Nagin endorsement. But if Couhig wants to claim that his endorsement was regrettable only because of Nagin's subsequent lack of effort... well then I think voters should take that into account. Perhaps Couhig still thinks that Nagin is a leader who "understands business", as long as he works hard at it.

More importantly, though, Couhig has a public record to run on. Remember those scintillating "100 Days of Couhig" back in 2006, where Couhig was going to help everyone focus on issues like government transparency and crime reduction? How'd that ultimately work out?
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James Perry plans to do a speech on Tuesday about cutting the murder rate. He has promised that he wouldn't run for re-election unless he cuts the murder rate by 40%, which is a pretty bold claim. His speech will be held in front of the Youth Study Center, which capitalizes on his debate "win" the other day.

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