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29 April 2010

Lobbying you can believe in

La nuova assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy dell'ineffabile The One è una lobbyista certificata. Fantastico.

27 April 2010

It was a very good year

It has been quite a year. Climategate. The failure in Copenhagen. The EPA issuing an endangerment finding in which the core scientific fact turns out to have been cooked. The IPCC blow-up. And yet Lindsey Graham and President Obama are dead-set on cramming a new global-warming tax down our throats. How they figure to sell this policy in light of what has happened since November is anyone’s guess. Damn the data; full speed ahead!

21 April 2010

¿ Arriba España verde ?

E diciamolo

Ecco, appunto. (E sul sito del Corrierino la nube sta al tredicesimo posto dalla cima...)

20 April 2010

Non-proliferazione: di un retrò troppo chic

Mark Steyn sull'ultima festicciola di autopromozione obamiana.

In years to come — assuming, for the purposes of argument, there are any years to come — scholars will look back at President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit and marvel. For once, the cheap comparisons with 1930s appeasement barely suffice: To be sure, in 1933, the great powers were meeting in Geneva and holding utopian arms-control talks even as Hitler was taking office in Berlin. But it’s difficult to imagine Neville Chamberlain in 1938 hosting a conference on the dangers of rearmament, and inviting America, France, Brazil, Liberia, and Thailand . . . but not even mentioning Germany.

Yet that’s what Obama just did: He held a nuclear gabfest in 2010, the biggest meeting of world leaders on American soil since the founding of the U.N. 65 years ago — and Iran wasn’t on the agenda.

Granted that almost all of Obama’s exciting, innovative “change we can believe in” turns out to have been exhumed direct from the sclerotic Seventies to stagger around like a rotting zombie in polyester bell-bottoms from some straight-to-video sequel, there’s still something almost touchingly quaint in the notion of an international summit on nuclear “nonproliferation” in the 21st century. [...] You could just about enforce nonproliferation back in the Cold War, when the only official nuclear powers were the Big Five at the U.N. Security Council and the entry level for the nuclear club was extremely expensive and technologically sophisticated. Now it’s not. If Pakistan and North Korea can be nuclear powers, who can’t? North Korea’s population is starving. Its GDP per capita is lower than Ghana’s, lower than Zimbabwe’s, lower than Mongolia’s [...], all but undetectable. Yet it’s a nuclear power.

Biafra-Nigeria-Sudan ?

Il filo rosso è quello jihadista, tanto per cambiare: lo spiega Fitzgerald.

Tom Friedman reloaded

Fitzgerald e Goldberg sul campione dell'intelligentsia (?) relativista e politically correct.

Appunto

Un commento:
I am a pilot. I have been flying all types of aircraft for more than 20 years. This closure has reinforced the general level of fear and misunderstanding that pervades among the general public, the news media, and elected officials regarding aviation.

While I am no geologist, I would sincerely question how this eruption differs so dramatically from the eruption that occurred at Mt. St. Helens in the United States in May 1980
[o quella dell'Etna 2002, su minore scala]. My understanding of both the current event and that historical eruption leads me to believe that the St. Helens event was a far more explosive eruption that released substantially more ash in a shorter period of time. And while air travel was somewhat disrupted in the northwestern United States, there was no airspace closure that even came close to rivaling the scale of restrictions imposed in Europe as a result of the current Icelandic event.

It is my personal and professional opinion that European governments have over-reacted. While there is a safety issue, it is manageable and did not require a weeklong-plus closure of airspace in Europe. As a professional pilot, I would not hesitate to fly over the Continent in a commercial airliner were governments there to ease their imposed restrictions.

19 April 2010

Vulc-ano

Yours truly ha sostenuto dal primo momento che la chiusura indiscriminata dei cieli europei, e soprattutto di quelli italiani, è una coglionata, come d'altra parte oggi dice anche la IATA:

L'International Air Transport Association (Iata) chiede in una nota ai governi europei un "ripensamento" del loro "processo decisionale", basato sui "fatti" e non su "modelli astratti", e l'apertura "almeno di qualche corridoio" di volo, "se non dell'intero spazio aereo".

Niente di personale dato che probabilmente il mio volo sarà regolare, e se non lo fosse i miei studenti non piangeranno poi troppo per una o due lezioni saltate. Gli è che io mi ricordo nei dettagli la vicenda dei voli nel contesto dell'eruzione dell'Etna del 2002. Per esempio quando l'Etna sparava roba a tutto andare, si volava bellamente da Reggio o da Sigonella o al limite da Palermo o Lamezia - che sono nel raggio di 200 km dal vulcano, e non di 6000 come l'Islanda.

Il nostro problema, anche in questo caso, è che il nanny state (europeo e italiano) deve per riflesso condizionato intervenire alla maniera burocratica, autoritaria, e incompetente che gli si conviene, nel solito equivalente morale (e non solo, viste le code e la folla) della guerra. We know what's good for you - shut up.

Ne segue che nello stesso trafiletto di giornale si riportano due tipi di notizie: "Milano:ok solo per due ore - Fiumicino: folla agli scali - Almunia: aiuti alle compagnie - In Italia 80 milioni di danni." Cioè: i danni li ho fatti io, e li pagate voi. As usual.

17 April 2010

Presidential BS

President Obama is reported as saying that American policy towards Israel is “costing us significantly in blood and treasure.” First mistake. It’s the other way round, Israel is holding the front line against Iran whose power is spreading through the region via Syria, Hizbollah and Hamas. If Israel was not holding the line, then the United States would face a most uncomfortable choice: either to tackle Iran head-on or concede that Pax Americana didn’t work and it is time to withdraw from the Middle East with as little ignominy as possible.

From his way of thinking, Obama goes on to conclude that Israeli-Palestinian peace holds the key to Middle East stability. Second mistake. If there was genuine peace tomorrow and a state of Palestine, it would make no difference to the Sunni-Shia divide, to the ambitions of Osama bin Laden or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the civil war in Yemen, to the sectarian conflict in Lebanon, to the hard-wired despots in Egypt and Syria, and so on and on.

Obama also thinks that this projected state of Palestine is a practical proposition. Third mistake. The Palestinians are irremediably divided between Fatah and Hamas, and a state would trigger civil war to determine which faction would own it.

And from all this bog of misconception and ignorance, Obama finally is weighing using his presidency to impose some solution on Israel. Fourth mistake. No such solution exists. Any attempt at imposition would oblige Israel to see its existence now an urgent issue of self-defence and survival. The consequences boggle the imagination.

In the White House, it seems, someone likes playing with fire.

16 April 2010

Climategate news-3

James Lovelock in una intervista al Guardian:

We need a more authoritative world. We’ve become a sort of cheeky, egalitarian world where everyone can have their say. It’s all very well, but there are certain circumstances – a war is a typical example – where you can’t do that. You’ve got to have a few people with authority who you trust who are running it. And they should be very accountable too, of course.

But it can’t happen in a modern democracy. This is one of the problems. What’s the alternative to democracy? There isn’t one. But even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.


Il solito equivalente morale della guerra con cui varie sinistre del secolo scorso e di quello attuale portano avanti il loro particolare fascismo (leggetevi il libro di cui al link !). Non si può piu` nemmeno dire criptofascismo, essendo dichiarato :D ...

(Curioso peraltro, perchè su molte altre cose nella stessa intervista il nostro è sensato. Cognitive dissonance o lunacy ?)

Climategate news-2

Se tedeschi, i più verdi dei verdi quando ci si mettono, mollano l'AGW, è proprio finita.

(Noterella: nell'intro dell'articolo dello Spiegel, il climatologo Hans von Storch dice "We are currently suffering a massive erosion of trust." Verissimo. "Climate research has been corrupted by politicization" - verissimo anche questo -"just as nuclear physics was in the pre-Chernobyl days, when we were led to believe that nuclear power plants were completely safe." Che idiozia sarebbe ? A parte che nuclear physics de che, sarebbe al piu' nuclear engineering: la differenza è che l'AGW è una palla, mentre le centrali nucleari sono sicure: a parte Chernobyl, unico e avvenuto in un paese criminalmente negligente, il numero delle vittime da radiazione in incidenti a reattori nucleari e', you guessed it, zero.)

Climategate news

Lo scandalo Climategate inglese ha avuto il previsto whitewash.

La vista da dentro (dall'UK) qui, e qui maggiori dettagli su chi è il capo dell'inchiesta, Lord Oxburg, attualmente chair of Falck Renewables, a firm that has wind farms across Europe, and chair of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, "a lobby group which argues that carbon capture could become a $1 trillion industry by 2050." L'affare delle energie alternativ, d'altra parte, è attraente anche per chi grana ne ha già.

09 April 2010

And some will arm

La nuova dottrina nucleare à la Obamà.

Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.”

Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve-gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker is up to date with its latest IAEA inspections, well, it gets immunity from nuclear retaliation. Our response is then restricted to bullets, bombs, and other conventional munitions.

However, if the lawyers tell the president that the attacking state is NPT noncompliant, we are free to blow the bastards to nuclear kingdom come.

This is quite insane. It’s like saying that if a terrorist deliberately uses his car to mow down a hundred people waiting at a bus stop, the decision as to whether he gets (a) hanged or (b) 100 hours of community service hinges entirely on whether his car had passed emissions inspections.

Catarsi o tragedia

Excerpt:

In other words, the last 14 months have been a catharsis of sorts. At last the world of Rush Limbaugh’s fears and Sean Hannity’s nightmares is upon us, and we can determine whether these megaphones were always just alarmists — or whether they legitimately warned of what logically would follow should faculty-lounge utopian rhetoric ever be taken seriously.

Europe screamed for a multilateral, multipolar, non-exceptional America. Now in place of the old Johnny-on-the-spot NATO colossus, they are quickly getting what they wished for — America, the new hypopower. Perhaps the European Rapid Reaction Force will take on the Milosevices and Osamas to come. [...]

Politics is high-stakes poker with real losers and winners, not a mere parlor game. The country voted for the party of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, and for once such statists are governing in the manner of their rhetoric. Time will soon tell whether this strange American experience is transitory and so becomes a needed catharsis, or whether it will be institutionalized and thus result in an enduring tragedy — this rare moment when the dreams of a zealous few are at last becoming the nightmares of a complacent many.

06 April 2010

Aardvark to zulu

La lista completa delle cose attribuite al global warming: da "acne" a "zoonotic diseases".