24 February 2010

Sea-level-gate ?

Questo articolo del 2009 su Nature Geoscience è stato ritirato dagli autori, per via di alcuni erroretti, uno di calcolo e l'altro consistente nel non tenere conto "fully" delle temperature negli ultimi 2000 anni. Roba da poco. L'ispirazione per il ripensamento sarebbe un lavoro su PNAS - che però produce una stima più allarmista ancora. Secondo me, la solita gazosa numericamente plausibile, ma calibrata su un periodo ristretto e con dati di temperatura dubbi. Uno degli autori del lavoro ritirato "said that he did not know whether the retracted paper's estimate of sea level rise was an overestimate or an underestimate". Questo e' il livello della scienza in questo ambito - sconfortante.

Altre letture qui, qui, e qui.

20 February 2010

Fatto in casa

Homegrown terrorism.

The hysteria reached its height in September when, in a live Capitol Hill press conference, the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tearfully invoked the 1978 murder of San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk as an example of where conservative commentary about Obama and the Democratic Congress would inevitably lead.

Had these newfound watchdogs of political comity shown anything near such concern while the last occupant of the White House was in office, their complaints today might be more credible. But they seem to unearth this conscience only when conservatives are out of power. Never mind the series of known (in addition to the many, presumably unreported) assassination attempts against the previous president, so reviled by the same politicians and pundits who now decry the loss of political decorum, or that his murder had actually been delightedly fictionalized in both novelistic (Checkpoint, by Nicholson Baker) and cinematic (Death of a President) form. President Obama, the mandarins of the media assure us, has been the recipient of a hatred the venom of which has not been seen since the assassination of John F. Kennedy (whom, it is always worth pointing out, was murdered by a Communist). The not-so-subtle purpose of this campaign has been to associate the deplorable rhetoric of a handful in the right-wing fever swamp with the appreciable mass of conservatives, thus painting the president’s critics as racists prone to violence.


Given the rhetoric and actions of the present administration, which wants to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, prosecute CIA officers for using interrogation techniques disfavored by the American Civil Liberties Union, and generally approach the war on Islamic supremacism as a legalistic exercise, it is hardly certain that such a course will be followed. But the least we can ask of our nation’s political and intellectual elite is that they stop wailing about the phantom menace of “right-wing” terrorism and start paying more attention to the genuine article.

19 February 2010

Colpa del sistema

Anche B.O. dice che l'America e' ingovernabile. Come Carter trent'anni fa. Peccato che non lo sia stata con Reagan e Clinton, per esempio.

11 February 2010

You should love him

Michael Ledeen su Silvio (vedi anche qui).

09 February 2010

I told ya so

"The Iranian nation, with its unity and the grace of Allah, will punch the arrogance [of Western powers] on the 22nd of Bahman [Thursday, February 11] in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei told a gathering of air force personnel."

Va bene che sono dei buffoni, ma poi non diciamo che non ci hanno avvertito (così come con Israele e la bomba, d'altra parte).

(Non penso che la sorpresa sia questa, peraltro...)

08 February 2010


Santa Inez e villaggio "danese" di Solvang, per vinerie.

Spiagge: Goleta, Gaviota, El Refugio, El Capitan.

Stearns wharf a Santa Barbara.

Shellfish company: Corona, shrimp chevice, oyster shooter.

Ultimi due minuti del Superbowl in TV: New Orleans Saints 31 - Indianapolis Colts 17.

Fine serata con il discorso di Sarah Palin in Tennessee. "That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends, they have at all times an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper." (Declaration of rights della costituzione dello stato del Tennessee).
(PS - E' fantastico come i media riportino la cosa solo per pigliarla in giro perche' si era annotata un paio di cose sulla mano. Probabilmente gli e' sfuggito il discorso di tre quarti d'ora circa senza appunti, cioe' su un altro pianeta in confronto a mr. B.O. Teleprompter, che non e' in grado di parlare a braccio nemmeno davanti a una classe delle elementari.)


Akbar Zeb has been turned down as Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia because his Urdu surname means, in Arabic, penis.

On the other hand, President Lula of Brazil has a Portuguese name that means in Urdu the self-same appendage.

But then again, the late Chilean minister of works, Maximiliano Espinoza Pica, has a Spanish name that is Portuguese slang for the male member.

An interestingly-named Turkish diplomat figures in a famous wartime letter back to London from His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

(M. Steyn)

05 February 2010

To the face...

Splendido il discorso del Berlusca in Israele (vedi anche Panella). Ascoltare, e poi riconsiderare a) i contorcimenti della stampa italiana su Gaza come shoah e coglionate simili, b) il silenzio totale della stessa sull'auspicato Israele nella EU; e c) confrontare con gli stracciaroli alla Prodi, D'Alema e Fini..

02 February 2010

Obama vs Supreme Court - reprise

Ancora su BO e la corte suprema (qui) e un confronto di "infamous" sentences (qui).