Networks Spending More Time On Dramatic Weather

December 12, 2014

I can see this easily leading to claims of global warming causing more extreme weather… when really it’s just normal weather being reported more often.

Over the past five years, the newscasts have essentially doubled the amount of time spent on weather and natural disaster stories. The time has more than quadrupled since the early 1990s, said news consultant Andrew Tyndall, who monitors the content of the broadcasts.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” leads the way, particularly since David Muir took over as anchor in September.

“The weather is part of the national conversation and it is part of the news cycle,” said Almin Karamehmedovic, executive producer of “World News Tonight.” ”Increasingly, we see it that way. I’m sure the weather is the same as it was 10 years ago, but we see much more of it.”

via Weather porn? Network newscasts spending more time on dramatic weather | Fox News.


Peggy Noonan: American Foreign Policy?

March 14, 2014

A great article examining American foreign policy vs. recent aggression by Vladimir Putin.

A great question for the future: Will Mr. Putin ever respect an American president again? He knows our political situation, knows we’re a 50-50 nation, would assume we’re blocked from consensus barring unusual circumstances such as a direct attack. He’s not impressed by our culture or our economy. He might also make inferences from America’s demographic shifts. If we are a more non-European nation than we were 30 years ago, might he think us less likely to be engaged by—and enraged by—unfortunate dramas playing out in Europe? Mr. Putin, as Henry Kissinger says, is a serious strategist acting on serious perceived imperatives. He would make a point of figuring out the facts of his potential foe.

And with both Obama and John Kerry stomping for global warming initiatives, Noonan closes with this:

Not being George W. Bush is not a foreign policy. Not invading countries is not a foreign policy. Wishing to demonstrate your sophistication by announcing you are unencumbered by the false historical narratives of the past is not a foreign policy. Assuming the world will be nice if we’re not militarist is not a foreign policy.

What is our foreign policy? Disliking global warming?

via Peggy Noonan: Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis –

Warren Buffett: Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’

March 3, 2014

Here’s a man who has money on the line with disaster insurance, and when he says it’s been all profit you can’t deny there is no extreme weather as a result of climate change:

CNBC’s Becky Quick asked Buffett on March 3’s “Squawk Box” if extreme weather events have increased, affecting insurance markets. Buffett responded that “the effects of climate change, if any, have not affected our – they have not affected the insurance market.”Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. He said “we’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years.” He added “If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit.”

via Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’ | CNS News.

Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change

February 20, 2014

This reinforces the Faith in Science, Not in Scientists post from a few days ago:

We are reminded of the dangers of consensus science in the past. For example, in the 18th century, more British sailors died of scurvy than died in battle. In this disease, brought on by a lack of vitamin C, the body loses its ability to manufacture collagen, and gums and other tissues bleed and disintegrate. These deaths were especially tragic because many sea captains and some ships’ doctors knew, based on observations early in the century, that fresh vegetables and citrus cured scurvy.

Nonetheless, the British Admiralty’s onshore Sick and Health Board of scientists and physicians (somewhat akin to the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) dismissed this evidence for more than 50 years because it did not fit their consensus theory that putrefaction (or internal decay) caused scurvy, which they felt could be cured by fresh air, exercise and laxatives.

via Richard McNider and John Christy: Why Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change –

Faith in Science, Not Scientists

February 16, 2014

Hey science community – READ THIS!

Regardless, while one should trust science as a method — honestly done, science remains the best way at getting to the truth on a wide range of factual matters — there’s no particular reason why one should trust scientists and especially no particular reason why one should trust the people running scientific institutions, who often aren’t scientists themselves.

via Instapundit » Blog Archive » MOCKING CHRIS MOONEY FOR TROLLING. When it comes to faith in science, I’ll stand by this: Regard….

Oscar Night Temperatures

February 27, 2011 – Weather News | Unusual Cold Expected for Oscars Red Carpet

Sorry – I just have to take a shot at Hollywood liberals who drank the global warming kool-aid. Expected high temps will be in the 50s…

Such a high temperature is more than 10 degrees below normal, making this one of the coldest red carpet ceremonies in Oscar history. In fact, the forecast high of 56 is just two degrees above the record for lowest high temperature for the date.

Without sounding too bitter, I hope you freeze your silicon butts off in those designer fashions on the red carpet.

Stimulus Weatherization Buys Shoddy Work

October 20, 2010

Report: In Obama’s Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys shoddy work, widespread fraud | Washington Examiner

Every time I heard the president try to sell weatherization I thought of the same ridiculous claim that inflating tires was going to help with gas prices.

Wasn’t this guy supposed to be smart? Hell, Bush could come up with these ideas with one arm tied behind his brain.