“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Power surge! Fourfold rise in sales of super vacuums

vacuumFrom the "Hoover Do You Think You Are" Dept:

The stampede to buy powerful vacuum cleaners intensified yesterday as retailers reported a fourfold surge in sales.

Shoppers made their feelings clear about an EU ban on models of more than 1,600 watts by visiting stores or online sellers in their droves.

Many have been stockpiling two or more high-power models to beat regulations that came into effect yesterday.

The new EU directive is intended to reduce energy use, but it has infuriated the public, who say they’ll have to spend longer using the appliances.

Online electrical retailer ao.com said weekly sales had soared 380 per cent compared with the first week of August.

The most popular model was the 2,400-watt Bosch Pro Energy BSGL3126GB cylinder vacuum cleaner costing £99, which sold out yesterday.

Has the tide turned on polar bears as icons of global warming?

documentaryThe CBC in Canada is pretty much a mirror image of the BBC in the UK, ABC in Australia and PBS in the US. So you might appreciate my shock at the almost unbelievable balance contained in the recently broadcasted CBC documentary, “The Politics of Polar Bears: Tracking the Celebrity Bear.

The film is a profound change from the hype and pessimism that has dominated the polar bear issue in Canada and abroad, supported unchallenged by the CBC. Finally, TV viewers were given some decently balanced perspective on the status of polar bears in  Western Hudson Bay.

If the take-away message tipped towards reason and optimism rather than panic over the status of polar bears, it’s because the evidence was strongly in that direction.

A current pause in global warming: McKitrick

sun-palm-treeIt's officially known as a report on the "Measurement of the Duration of a Trendless Subsample in a Global Climate Time Series." In real-people-speak, it's a study of just how long the current pause in global warming has lasted.

And the results are profound.

According to Canadian Ross McKitrick, a professor of environmental economics who wrote the paper for the Open Journal of Statistics, "I make the duration out to be 19 years at the surface and 16 to 26 years in the lower troposphere depending on the data set used."

Welcome to Earth! It has been 6935 days and counting since we had any global warming!

antarctic ice 1 1If you've got children heading off to college this fall, congratulations - they have lived their entire lives in a world without global warming, a fact that stands in absolute and total defiance of the phony computer models that predicted we'd be watching penguins float through the flooded streets of Miami on melting ice floes by now.

The Church of Global Warming originally pretended the "pause" didn't exist, then conjured up some new computer models that claimed it would end within a year or two.  According to a new paper by Dr. Ross McKittrick, courtesy of Watts Up With That?, we're now into Year 19 of the "pause" with no end in sight.  (It's probably been even longer since any warming was experienced in the lower atmosphere.)

Study: The Lower Troposphere Has Not Warmed In The Last 26 Years

gore 2The nearly two-decade long pause in global warming may just be the tip of the iceberg for evidence against anthropogenic climate change. A new paper found that temperatures in the lower troposphere have not shown a warming trend in as many as 26 years.

“In the surface data we compute a hiatus length of 19 years, and in the lower tropospheric data we compute a hiatus length of 16 years… and 26 years” using satellite data sets, according to tDr. Ross McKitrick of the economics department at the University of Guelph in Canada.

Study: No Global Warming for 19 Years

earth-space 2New data debunks the global warming myth, suggesting temperatures haven't risen at all in nearly two decades.  This latest revelation comes from Dr. Ross McKitrick, a Canadian professor of environmental economics.

“In my paper I'm not actually looking at the climate models, I'm just looking at the temperature data and asking how long is the pause, and I make it out to be about 19 years at this point,” he tells KTRH News.

McKitrick believes both sides of the global warming issue need to just take a step back and look at the data.

Climate for the Layman

coverFar from Greenhouse Gases ‘causing’ Global Warming, precisely the opposite is nearer the truth. Greenhouse Gases scatter, deflect and reflect the incoming solar radiation. This is not only obvious to scientists but also to any normal sentient observant being. The book ‘Climate for the Layman’ supports entirely the fact that the Sun warms the Earth and Oceans, and they in turn warm the atmosphere from the bottom upwards.

Far from cutting down on Carbon Dioxide emissions, this gas, which every human being and all the animal kingdom exhale night and day, could well grow to 1,000 parts per million in order to have a truly GREEN PLANET.  Plants love Carbon Dioxide and produce Oxygen as a by-product, a well-known Biological fact.

This eBook sets out to quash the quasi-religious and militant hogwash of the Anthropogenic Global Warmers.

Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA's Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence.


President Obama's own inversion

Obama - The Audacity of TaupePresident Barack Obama has shown little rhetorical mercy this summer toward companies that have sought to expatriate themselves to cut their tax bills. In a weekly radio address last month, he even called it "unpatriotic" for corporations to shun their obligations to the U.S. government by changing their nationalities — an issue that exploded this week as Burger King announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Canada.

But politicians should be slower to throw stones. For even as his administration has been measuring the guillotine for the formerly American ground-beef monarch, Obama was hatching a plan with the openly stated purpose of moving beyond the confines of U.S. law.

In its zeal to court wealthy environmentalist donors, the Obama White House announced plans to negotiate and sign a climate accord at a United Nations summit in Paris next year. There's just one catch: There is zero chance that an agreement on this topic will get the 67 votes required for ratification in the Senate.

Myth of arctic meltdown

gore 2The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

Errors and frauds of global warming science

earth-3DModern global warming science began in 1979 with the publication of Charney et al in response to a request from a U.S. governmental office to create a study group for answering questions about global warming. Charney et al modeled atmospheric effects and drew the conclusion that the average earth temperature would increase by about 3°C upon doubling the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

Charney et al did not have a known mechanism for global warming to base their modeling on. Their publication was total fakery stating deliberate absurdities, such as modeling "horizontal diffusive heat exchange," which doesn't exist.

Shaking, Quaking, and Freezing

obama propagandaHave you noticed how much earthquake and volcanic activity has been occurring lately?

There was a major earthquake in Napa, California on Sunday, August 24th as well as considerable volcanic activity from Iceland to Papua, New Guinea. August was also a month that set records for colder U.S. temperatures.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were some 1,097 “low max” temperature records broken in the U.S. between August 1 and August 23, meaning that the maximum temperature during that time period was the lowest it has ever been. NOAA reported that summer across much of the U.S. has been colder than normal.

Settled Science Catches Up with Steyn

hiding in the deep blue seaThe journal Science, which is peer reviewed up the wazoo, has an interesting new study purporting to explain the 17-year "pause" in global warming, and, indeed, predicting how long it's likely to continue:

The "pause" in global warming may last another decade before surface temperatures start rising again, according to scientists.

Really? Why would that be? Well, the study suggests that there is a natural variability in the global climate that leads to three-decade warming periods followed by three-decade cooling periods:

The cycle naturally produces periods of roughly 30 years in which heat is stored near the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, leading to warmer temperatures, followed by roughly 30 years in which it is stored in the depths, causing cooler surface temperatures, it suggests...

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