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[1 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

All through Barack Obama’s presidential campaign he realized he must never appear to be visibly angry over any issue, lest he be dismissed as a clichéd “angry black man.” In fact, he displayed little emotion of any kind, appearing unflappable under the tensest circumstance, even the occasional heart-breaking night during the primaries.

It was all “No Drama Obama,” and he was lauded for it—though he certainly showed the ability to inspire emotion in others. As a side note, he did not dwell on poverty issues to any extent because that, …

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[31 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

There are tolerable part-time jobs. There are superlative part-time jobs.
And there is the crème de la crème: Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), where the nine incumbents get paid $70,000 per year for a minimum of 66 hours’ work, 22 days a year – or $1,060 per hour.

Most unemployed people probably missed the MWRD job posting at www.monster.com:
“Available: Democrats only. Part-time post. Guaranteed 6 years. $70,000 salary, plus full family health benefits, pension, free auto, gas credit card. Office on North Michigan; indoor parking, 2.5 staffers. Attend two …

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[29 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Now that Minnesota has joined Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania in a war on the Illinois shipping industry, I am reminded of the perils of the round goby.
The what?
The round goby is a bug-eyed fish of prey that entered the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of ocean freighters two decades ago and now is multiplying in great numbers in Lake Michigan. Their population explosion has raised alarms that they may endanger native fish and beneficial invasive species, such as salmon. (Read a report of the perils and benefits of the round …

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[9 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Orange Groves are frosting over in California.
Blizzard warning from Macomb to Waukegan
Las Vegas is under a freeze warning.
Our political leaders have assembled via 120 private jets in Copenhagen to discuss global warming over caviar and champagne.
Kudos to Clive Crook at the Financial Times, supporting actual science over political schemes and climate quackery.
image frost on lawn in Southern California

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[8 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

From Roger Pielke
Michael Schlesinger, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois, sends an message to Andy Revkin of the New York Times (via his widely circulated email distribution list) threatening some sort of boycott — whatever that means — of Revkin among climate scientists, for having the gall to mention my views and those of my father. The reference to prostitutes in the email presumably comes from this post at Dot Earth where Revkin mentioned a funny news story in his Twitter feed, (emphasis added).
Copenhagen prostitutes?
Climate prostitutes?
Shame on you …

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[6 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Two weeks after the scandal broke, NBC Nightly News on Friday night became the first broadcast network morning or evening news program to inform viewers about “ClimateGate,” but only in the most cursory manner as correspondent Anne Thompson, a long-time ally of the environmental left, despaired the e-mails may end up “giving politicians from coal and oil-producing states another reason to delay taking action to reduce emissions. The government’s leading scientist told Congress there is no time to lose.”
More at Newsbusters
From Big Government
Climate Gate Roundup: All the Climate News …

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[1 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

Let me note how disappointed I was by The Economist’s coverage of all this. “Leaked emails do not show climate scientists at their best,” it observes. No indeed. I should say I worked at the magazine for years, admire it as much as ever, and rely on the science coverage especially. But I was baffled by its reaction to the scandal. “Little wonder that the scientists are looking tribal and jumpy, and that sceptics have leapt so eagerly on such tiny scraps as proof of a conspiracy,” its report concludes. …

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[24 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

In late 2009, the credibility of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) took a serious hit when email exchanges between some of its senior authors and editors revealed deliberate efforts to falsify data and silence dissenting scientists. The IPCC’s reputation was already waning in the wake of scandals concerning Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” temperature diagram and the role of government officials and environmental activists in its so-called “peer review” process. The IPCC Email Scandal of November 2009 meant the IPCC could no longer claim to represent the …

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[25 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

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[21 Sep 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Apparently, I have been very bad.
At least that’s according to ComEd.  Recently, I thought I was opening a bill from the electric company.  Instead, I was being chastised.
As part of a pilot program from ComEd,  I was issued a “Home Electricity Report.”   The crux of the matter is the “Last Month Neighbor Comparison.”   The first line, a green bar about ¾ of an inch long, noted that on average my “efficient” and presumably oh-so-good neighbors, had used 764 KWh (Kilowatt- hours) of electricity.  A blue bar under it, about an …