Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ebola Outbreak in the USA - BOHICA

Yup - BOHICA .  (look it up)

But don't worry folks, it is only Workplace Ebola.

With thousands of miles of open borders and the US Border Patrol prohibited from actually stopping anyone from entering, what do we have to fear?

Oh, yes, the CDC won't even check a terrorist person for Ebola unless there is evidence they've been to West Africa recently.

Ans get this - they are refusing to identify the plane he flew in on.  What do you suppose the real purpose is for this secrecy?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case diagnosed in the United States.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that the patient arrived in Texas from Liberia earlier this month and exhibited no symptoms. The patient sought care last Friday and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. Frieden said that officials don't believe there is any risk to anyone who was on the flight at that time.

The hospital had announced a day earlier that the patient's symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

Four American aid workers who have become infected while volunteering in West Africa have been treated in special isolation facilities in hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska, and a U.S. doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.

The U.S. has only four such isolation units but the CDC has insisted that any hospital can safely care for someone with Ebola.

According to the CDC, Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Jason McDonald, spokesman for the CDC, said health officials use two primary guidelines when deciding whether to test a person for the virus.

"The first and foremost determinant is have they traveled to the region (of West Africa)," he said. The second is whether there's been proximity to family, friends or others who've been exposed, he said.

U.S. health officials have been preparing since summer in case an individual traveler arrived here unknowingly infected, telling hospitals what infection-control steps to take to prevent the virus from spreading in health facilities. People boarding planes in the outbreak zone are checked for fever, but symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure. 
The patient is the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Global Carbon Summit: Ooops You Forgot China at the People's Climate March

As the Western World's Tree Huggers are lamenting carbon emissions and demanding an end to industrial activity, the Non Western World (that's The Orient to all of you non-politically correct old geezers) is busy belching out more greenhouse gasses than all  of the the Western World Whiteys combined.

Smoke rises from chimneys and cooling towers of a refinery in Ningbo, Zhejiang province August 19, 2014.

Seems like China is is right on schedule to burp out more carbon than the USA and the European Union combined.  Even the subcontinent of India surpasses the emissions of Industrialized Europe.  Click here for an article with the numbers.

Think about it - even if the USA pulled the plug on all the fossil fuel burning power plants  and stopped burning gasoline and diesel fuel, and stopped burning presto logs in the fireplaces, or candles in midnight vigils of mourning over a warming planet, the global increase in carbon emissions will continue to rise.

Meanwhile those sneaky little Orientals are not only polluting the air unfettered by pesky tree-huggers, but are decimating our economy in the process.

Maybe instead of People's Climate March, it should have been named the Endless Escher Endeavor, or perhaps the Gullible Mobius March

Go figure

What You Know and What You Don't

Remember, when you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It is only painful for others. 

The same applies when you are stupid.

Similarly, a word to the wise isn't necessary . . . it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Global Warming Blow-hards and Record Breaking Antarctic Ice

Antarctic Ice is increasing - an unfortunate bit of inconvenient truth for the Climate Change Kooks.  Of course, these knuckleheads explain the phenomenon as a result of Polar Vortex winds (caused by global warming) cooling the planet so much that record ice is being formed.  Yup, that really makes sense to me.

For an unprecedented third year in a row, Antarctica's sea ice is poised to smash a new record this month.

The Southern Hemisphere's unrelenting winds and frigid air froze ocean water into 7.6 million square miles (19.7 million square kilometers) of Antarctic sea ice this southern winter, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said yesterday (Sept. 16).

With several more weeks of growth to go, Antarctica's sea-ice extent could soar well above the records set in 2012 and 2013. For now, only 88,800 square miles (230,000 square km) separate the 2013 and 2014 high marks.

Sea-ice extent is the total ocean area in which the ice concentration is at least 15 percent, as measured by satellite.

"In the short term, it seems like there hasn't been much ice loss in the past couple of years, but I think it's still very much within the long-term trend of declining sea ice," said Axel Schweiger, chairman of the University of Washington's Polar Science Center in Seattle. "One shouldn't necessarily expect every year to be a record low."

At both poles, sea ice shrinks and expands each year with summer heat and winter cold, though in the Arctic, some ice sticks around each year. These hardy ice floes are called multiyear ice. This year, leftover ice from 2013 played a role in preventing an extreme melt, because multiyear ice is thicker and more resistant to heat than thin, young ice, the NSIDC said. Cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in much of the region also meant more ice lasted through the summer. "The ice does appear to be quite a bit thicker this year," Schweiger told Live Science.

One region north of Siberia did experience warm seas, which combined with strong winds to open a big bite in the ice. The ice edge retreated north of the Laptev Sea to within 5 degrees latitude of the North Pole (a distance of about 310 miles, or 500 km).

What's up with Antarctica?

Researchers (these are the same bonehads that got stuck in the ice a few months ago as they were investigating vanishing sea ice) think Antarctica's recent record-high ice extents could result from the southern polar vortex blowing closer to the continent as a result of the ozone hole and greenhouse gases. The winds help pack ice more tightly and also shift ocean currents in a manner that drives ice formation. But the most recent report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that models for Antarctic sea ice trends are still "incomplete and competing."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In Defense of the F-Word - Krauthammer

So, what'll it be - the two-worder (aka "The Deuce") or the three-word "Triple Play"?

In Defense of the F-Word
I am sure there is a special place in heaven reserved for those who have never used the F-word. I will never get near that place. Nor, apparently, will Dick Cheney. 
Washington is abuzz with the latest political contretemps. Cheney, taking offense at Sen. Pat Leahy's imputation of improper vice presidential conduct regarding Halliburton contracts in Iraq, let the senator know as much during a picture-taking ceremony on the floor of the Senate. The F-word was used. Washington is scandalized.

The newspapers were full of it. Lamentations were heard about the decline of civility. The Post gave special gravitas to the occasion, spelling out the full four letters (something that it had done only three times previously). Democrats, feeling darned outraged, demanded apologies. The vice president remained defiant, offering but the coyest concession -- that he "probably" cursed -- coupled with satisfaction: "I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it."

The Federal Communications Commission just last year decreed that the F-word could be used as an adjective, but not as a verb. Alas, this Solomonic verdict, fodder for a dozen PhD dissertations, was recently overturned. It would not get Cheney off the hook anyway. By all accounts, he deployed the pungent verb form, in effect a suggestion as to how the good senator from Vermont might amuse himself.

Flood-the-zone coverage by investigative reporters has not, however, quite resolved the issue of which of the two preferred forms passed Cheney's lips: the priceless two-worder -- "[verb] you" -- or the more expansive three-worder, a directive that begins with "go."

Though I myself am partial to the longer version, I admit that each formulation has its virtues. The deuce is the preferred usage when time is short and concision is of the essence. Enjoying the benefits of economy, it is especially useful in emergencies. This is why it is a favorite of major league managers going nose to nose with umpires. They know that they have only a few seconds before getting tossed out of the game, and as a result television viewers have for years delighted in the moment the two-worder is hurled, right on camera. No need for sound. The deuce was made for lip reading.

Which makes it excellent for drive-by information conveyance. When some jerk tailgater rides my bumper in heavy traffic, honking his horn before passing and cutting me off, I do a turn-to-the-left, eyeball-to-eyeball, through-the-driver's-window two-worder -- mouthed slowly and with exaggerated lip movements. No interlocutor has yet missed my meaning.

Nonetheless, while the two-worder has the directness of the dagger, the three-worder has the elegance of the wide-arced saber slice. It is more musical and, being more clearly spelled out, more comprehensible to the non-English speaker (a boon in major urban areas). It consists of a straightforward directive containing both a subject and an object -- charmingly, the same person.

According to The Post, the local authority on such matters, Cheney went for a variant of the short form, employing the more formal "yourself." And given the location, the floor of the Senate, it seems a reasonable choice: Time was short, and he undoubtedly reserves the right to revise and extend his remarks.

Ah, but the earnest chin-pullers are not amused. Cheney's demonstration of earthy authenticity in a chamber in which authenticity of any kind is to be valued has occasioned anguished meditations on the loss of civility in American politics. Liberals in particular have expressed deep concern about this breach of decorum.

Odd. The day before first reports of Cheney's alleged indiscretion, his Democratic predecessor, Al Gore, delivered a public speech in which he spoke of the administration's establishing a "Bush gulag" around the world and using "digital brown shirts" to intimidate the media. The former vice president of the United States compared the current president to both Hitler and Stalin in the same speech -- a first not just in hyperbole but in calumny -- and nary a complaint is heard about a breach of civility.

If you suspect that this selective indignation may be partisan, you guessed right. But here's an even more important question. In the face of Gore's real breach of civil political discourse, which of the following is the right corrective: (a) offer a reasoned refutation of the charge that George Bush is both Stalinist and Hitlerian; (b) suggest an increase in Gore's medication; or (c) do a Cheney.

The correct answer is "C." And given the circumstances, go for the deuce.

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, July 2, 2004

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An Armed Society is a Polite Society.

Robert A. Heinlein had it right when he said:
 “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
However, since R.A. was a very fair-minded fellow, he also offered this tidbit that may be of interest to liberal socialists.  It can be found in the same book (Beyond This Horizon):
 “Nothing gives life more zest than running for your life.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

VW is Saving Lives of Brain-dead Cell Phone Junkies.

A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the cinema. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye-opening ad ... more than 1.5 million views in 3 days !!