World’s Highest Glacier Set to Disappear

World’s Highest Glacier Set to Disappear

My father spent some time in Bolivia and La Paz, and sometimes we debate global warming, so I’m posting this for him to see if he remembers the Glacier.

h/t Kilgore Trout

UPDATE: This isn’t the world’s highest glacier – there are glaciers on Mt Mckinley, and many other taller peaks so apologies for going with the video title for this post. It’s the highest glacier ski run, or was…

Exuberant in Spirit; Quiescent in Action

Exuberant in Spirit; Quiescent in Action

Chewey is always happy when she goes to the off the leash park, even though she mostly just shadows me. If I didn’t walk and run around to chase Kasey, Chewey would not get very much exercise.

Substance Dualism and Thought

Dualism and Thought

A new video from Qualiasoup that will make you think.

Glen Beck: Sowing Parnoia for Profit?

Glen Beck: Sowing Parnoia for Profit?

Jon Stewart performs a hilarious but truthful examination of Glen’s paranoia and his penchant for pimping gold.

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h/t Ed Brayton

Testing WordPress 2.9: Photo Cropping and Video Embedding

Testing WordPress 2.9: Photo Cropping and Video Embedding

This is a test post to see how the photocropping feature works in WP 2.9, as well as the video embedding – you are totally safe ignoring it completely.

First an embed using a naked url:

Warrior Jesus Kills Comericial Capitalist Santa

For the record according to authorities Jesus was born in summer, likely around July, and Christmas started with Pagan solstice festivals.This guy has a right to be stupid however, even at Christmas.

Now a photo not cropped in WP:

And another photo, this one cropped in WP:

Not so good. While the image crop tool is there you can’t get the “save” button to ungray or go live, so the crop itself never takes. Looks like I’m still using P-Shop for cropping and sizing until they get this fixed. Also there doesn’t appear to be a way to edit a photo once it’s inserted into a post from the gallery, you can only crop and size when you freshly upload it. There’s work to be done here devs.

UPDATE: After clearing up some disk space the feature does work, buttons grey and ungrey when they should.

The good news is that the naked URL embed of a video does work, hats off for that.

Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming Were Known About in the Late 50’s

Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming Were Known About in the Late 50’s

In his latest Climate Denial Crock of the Week Peter Sinclair points out that we’ve known about the effects of CO2 and the Greenhouse effect since the 1950’s. The debate has never really been over whether CO2 can effect the world’s temperature, it’s always been about figuring out how much and how soon. I’ve known about this since the 80’s, and it was one of the factors that convinced me to become an advocate for nuclear energy – I was reading debates by some of my favorite authors about the various dooms posed by the Club of Rome and others, and nuclear energy seemed to address most if not all of those best. It was clean, and it could be cheap – with nuclear we could beat four of the horsemen: hunger, water shortages, global warming, and population.

During the past three years I’ve considered that the others were more important, and still do to this day. I published quite a few articles posing challenges to some of the more alarmist of the global warming claims thinking we had plenty of time to get there and that other matters were more important. That focus has changed, since the data keeps stacking up and getting more alarming, it’s time we start addressing global warming because waiting until the second half of the century will be too late. Something I had thought we could procrastinate on has come due.

I still do not think cap and trade and the other schemes are sufficient, and I don’t like them because they are coercive. Those type of plans usually fail. Instead I prefer that our country become the prime provider of clean, cheap, nuclear energy for a needy world — besides that clean energy is a bull market and blue sky – we need to stay ahead of that market for the future prosperity of our nation. Instead of billions in money flowing to other countries in a mad shell game we should instead just help build reactors. You can see some of the other factors that we need to consider and why nuclear is so important if we are to keep it real in this article where I roundly slam Al Gore.

UPDATE: Here’s one of the early modern articles from 1956 on CO2 and its effects, it wasn’t the slightest bit controversial when it appeared.

Kasey Sez “Oh Hai”

Kasey Sez “Oh Hai”

Kasey-says-oh-haiIt’s been a while since a Kasey photo, so here’s one for all of her fans.

Time Lapse of Glacier Collapses

Time Lapse of Glacier Collapses

The extreme ice survey is recording the collapse and retreats of glaciers over time; these photos and the presentation are amazing and really bring home the retreats. I do not doubt that ice is in retreat; I grew up in Alaska and I have seen it in my lifetime and my own photos. This isn’t something that scientists anywhere argue about: Ice has been in retreat across the world for decades.

I used to argue about the cause, extremity, and urgency of it – I always placed energy and food security for 9 billion people ahead of that in the things to worry about queue, and still do. Global warming however is now higher in urgency after looking at data and studies the past two years. Whereas you can posit other possible causes for some of the alarmism as I have in the past, and you can criticize the models, you can’t argue that global warming is not occurring, and you can’t say that we don’t have some impact on it without being wholly unreasonable.

Creationism: Still Crazy After all These Years

Creationism: Still Crazy After all These Years

Eugenie Scott is always a good listen.

O’Reilly: Atheists are Picking on Baby Jesus Again!

O’Reilly: Atheists are Picking on Baby Jesus Again!

Disclaimer: I”m an atheist, I celebrate the heck out of Christmas, and I can support science as well – it’s the best of all worlds.

I entreat you to enjoy the season, and if you are Christian, the reason. It’s divisive culture warriors who wreck the holidays for the rest of folks, and Bill is clearly one of them. I especially liked the false supposition that the Atheist campaign is specifically against Christians, considering that these ads were running during Eid, and that “God” is non specific.