Monday, June 02, 2008

Odds and Sods

Scientists sign petition denying man-made global warming - 31,000 of them.

"It urged the US government to reject the treaty and said: "The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind." "

"It added: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of ... greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the forseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments." "

"The petition was reissued last year by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, an independent research group, partly in response to Al Gore’s film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth

I am sure Gore will get right on that.

Global Warming hoopla will not die easily - there is too much money to be made. Plus, no amount of hyperbole is too innappropriate for some:

"Survivors of sex abuse by Christian clergy today responded with anger and shock to the Church of England bishop who said that everyone who failed to act on climate change was as guilty as Austrian child abuser Josef Fritzl"

"Victims accused the bishop of being "facile and demeaning" towards Fritzl's daughter, who was kept in a cellar for 24 years, raped repeatedly and who had seven children by her own father.

Facile. Demeaning. Good words. Can't add more to that. Some people have an amazing ability to stick their foot in their mouths. It seems like, increasingly, its the 'politicized clergy', imo

"The Bishop, whose comments come at the same time as the Church of England is publishing a new report complaining about the quality of its clergy, said that was not accusing those who do nothing about global warming of being child abusers. "

Oh. Snap.

Are conservatives more honest than liberals? - Well, I dunno. Conservatives do seem to be more ideologically consistant, and liberals do seem to project their own neurosis on to their political opponents.

Humans can see into the future? Possibly the key to optical illusions.
Researcher Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York says it starts with a neural lag that most everyone experiences while awake. When light hits your retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the signal into a visual perception of the world.

Scientists already knew about the lag, yet they have debated over exactly how we compensate, with one school of thought proposing our motor system somehow modifies our movements to offset the delay.

Changizi now says it's our visual system that has evolved to compensate for neural delays, generating images of what will occur one-tenth of a second into the future. That foresight keeps our view of the world in the present. It gives you enough heads up to catch a fly ball (instead of getting socked in the face) and maneuver smoothly through a crowd


Idiots are smearing themselves with Preparation H before they go into the clubs. Apparently this makes themselves appear more 'ripped'. one woudl think it would also make them smell. As one commentor on Fark observed: "Well it is ointment for irritating a**holes, right?" Kudos to the commentor Tastes Like Chicken.

"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan