Friday Linkzookery – 18 May 2012

Why the Left Dropped the Trayvon Story
Murdoc thinks it’s mostly because virtually everything the Left said about the case has turned out to be completely false. We’re finally seeing what was FACT all along but never told to anyone.

Is A Race War Being Censored To Avoid White Backlash?
Trying to keep the lid on is understandable. But a lot of pressure can build up under that lid. If and when that pressure leads to an explosion of white backlash, things could be a lot worse than if the truth had come out earlier, and steps taken by both black and white leaders to deal with the hoodlums and with those who inflame the hoodlums.

Franciscan University drops student health coverage due to Obamacare
It’s almost like the people who said this would never happen were lying.

53,000 Dead Voters Found in Florida
Well, it’s not like anyone would try to unfairly use this problem.

Obama Budget: 99 Senators Against, 0 For
It earlier failed in the House 414-0.

Army reviews whether women can go to Ranger school
Murdoc wants to like these developments. But he is skeptical that it will end well.

House panel raises doubts over manning LCSs
Questioning the new plan to put ensigns and first-term sailors aboard LCSs after previously planning not to because of the limited crew size and lack of opportunities for training.

Italian AF, Navy Head for F-35B Showdown
The cut from 131 to 90 Lightning IIs means at least one of the services won’t have all the STOVLs it needs. Pooling B-model aircraft between AF and Navy is an option being discussed.

France: U.K. F-35 Pick Could Reduce Naval Cooperation
The lack of conventional capability aboard the Brit carriers isn’t sitting well with the French navy.

Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near
Spain considering mothballing Principe de Asturias and six frigates due to budget crunch.

UK ‘must operate second carrier’
American think tank says the second Queen Elizabeth-class ship is vital to NATO naval capability.

SCAR Side Rail
Metal replacement with a sling socket.

Hard to call that one a bad shoot. Easy to call it having dumb friends.
Kids, don’t try this at home.

Delays and challenges for Indo-Russian fighter
Joint fifth-gen fighter has been delayed from 2017 to 2019.

US Navy ships collide in the Pacific
USS Essex and the oil tanker USNS Yukon during refueling. No injuries.

Walker points to new survey showing net gain of 33K jobs in first year
It’s almost like he’s not single-handedly destroying Wisconsin like we were told he would.

Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks
Ethanol supports claim the study is groundless.

The Death of the Hockey Stick?
The graph of global temperature over the past centuries that ostensibly shows a dramatic increase in average temperature in the last century or so is getting shakier and shakier.

Guard tests pod on F-15C for tracking ability
Looking at Sniper pod to increase the air-to-air tracking capabilities of Homeland Defense missions.

Comments

  1. Women in Ranger school:

    Wow, two weeks ago I bitched, “The people pushing this won’t stop until women can serve in every branch including the infantry.”

    Now today the CSA of the Army confirms this is actually part of the discussion.

    “If we determine that we’re going to allow women to go in the infantry and be successful, they are probably at some time going to have to go through Ranger school,” Odierno told reporters. “If we decide to do this, we want the women to be successful.”

    This is not going to work out well. I understand how someone who has never been in the infantry and has been indoctrinated in egalitarian values may not understand. But I cannot see how leaders like Odierno, who should know better, even entertain this notion. The only thing I can conclude is that to be a high ranking officer in the Army one has to sell their soul to toe the PC line. Just look back at General Casey and his crazy remarks about Major Hasan.

    For a really good look at what happens to training in a coed environment, read the <a href="http://www.hackworth.com/article04032002c.html"March of the Porcelain Soldiers" from the late Colonel David Hackworth.

  2. Re Ethanol…Blech. Basically it’s just teasing the Corn Lobby.

    Re Hockey stick:
    Claim basically says ALL of the ‘Hockey Stick” is wrong because the relatively small Tree Ring section to fail to track measured temps around 1960 (which we already knew)…never mind all the other data sources behind the ‘Stick, nor the Satallite data, nor the temp measurements (modifired or raw). And per Watts, it might be warming anyway, and it might be our CO2 as the cause, but neener-neener anywho. (I am paraphrasing, but that is the gist of it)

  3. “Claim basically says ALL of the ‘Hockey Stick” is wrong because the relatively small Tree Ring section to fail to track measured temps around 1960 (which we already knew)”

    If the tree rings fail to track measured temperatures (which they do), why include them in the study at all?

    And actually, the tree rings make up the majority of sites in Mann’s network.

    “never mind all the other data sources behind the ‘Stick”

    It has been clearly shown that if you remove the known-bad proxies, there is no more “hockey stick”. It just becomes like a regular stick, ie, flat. And that’s just because the rest of the proxies are effectively just noise with no real coherent signal in them.

    “nor the Satallite data, nor the temp measurements (modifired or raw).”

    Most unmodified (raw) temperature series don’t show much warming of late and the satellite data shows a much lower trend than other sources.

    “And per Watts, it might be warming anyway, and it might be our CO2 as the cause, but neener-neener anywho.”

    Yeah, it might be. But funny how most of the evidence that it is has been falsified, fiddled with or exaggerated.

    1. Perhaps I should clarify this. The majority of series in MBH98 and the follow-up studies are tree ring records. However the stripbark bristlecones are in the minority and these are the series which dominate all the others, due to the incorrect statistical technique used, and give the output a “hockey-stick” shape.

      The interesting thing about the stripbark series is that there have been subsequent tree ring studies of similar trees in the same area and they have not given a “hockey-stick” shape. These results however have been suppressed.

      This has all been well documented.

      Mann subsequently added more dodgy proxies to his later studies so that they would give a “hockey-stick” without needing the stripbar bristlecone series (which he left in, anyway). These have also turned out to be duds. One is a sediment series sampled by Tijlander which he used “upside-down”. That is, it has a big drop at the end and he flipped it (relative to how it was originally interpreted in its original study) to get a big rise and voila.. hockey stick!

      Never mind that the sediment series was said to be contaminated by human activity in the 20th century and so that part of the record was invalid, anyhow.

      It’s a long and involved story but all the information is out there for any interested parties who wish to understand just how flawed the MBH98 and follow-up studies are. The best site is probably http://www.climateaudit.org although if you haven’t been following it for years there is a lot of reading to do.

      1. “If the tree rings fail to track measured temperatures (which they do), why include them in the study at all?”

        Because they were the easiest to get most likely…and for the most part they did track measured temperatures; just not since the 1960s.

        “And actually, the tree rings make up the majority of sites in Mann’s network.”
        and
        “It has been clearly shown that if you remove the known-bad proxies, there is no more “hockey stick”.”

        um no.
        http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?n=95

        Or if so, you have not ‘shown’ anything. Do your homework before making claims.

        “Most unmodified (raw) temperature series don’t show much warming of late and the satellite data shows a much lower trend than other sources.”

        Show me don’t tell me:
        http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3gl
        (note that the above references the unadjusted global mean temps.) Feel free to run your own plots.

        “Yeah, it might be. But funny how most of the evidence that it is has been falsified, fiddled with or exaggerated.”

        Perhaps I was not clear enough, but I was paraphrasing Anthony Watts there. Let me be more concise:
        Anthony Watts says near the end of the article:
        What does this all mean? First, let’s state what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that we know that the planet isn’t warming, and it doesn’t mean that if it is, that we can be sure that it is not due to human activity.”

        This is his way of not having to commit to his previous statements. He does this weaseling rather frequently.

        Personally I WISH that the ‘Stick was false! Nothing would please me more right now…but wishing doesn’t make it so (nor not), nor does Watts energetic Handwaving…and I feel I would be bearing false witness to say so.

        Time for bed. That’s all for now.

  4. “Why the Left Dropped the Trayvon Story”
    Probably because evidence has turned-up supporting the neighborhood watchman’s claims.

    “Is A Race War Being Censored To Avoid White Backlash?”
    It wouldn’t surprise me.

    “53,000 Dead Voters Found in Florida”
    The bane of polling places everywhere — zombies!

    “Army reviews whether women can go to Ranger school”
    Assuming they can pull their weight and hit above it, female Rangers may be a worthwhile policy change… but knowing the character of the (Br)asshats, it’s doubtful that ***merit*** will be a consideration in the decision and subsequent selection processes.

    “House panel raises doubts over manning LCSs”
    Curiously absent in the official debate is any mention of how a smaller crew affects damage control and casualty management.

    “Italian AF, Navy Head for F-35B Showdown … France: U.K. F-35 Pick Could Reduce Naval Cooperation”
    The F-35 is a Yugo that (occasionally) flies. As expensive as the Rafale is, time will prove that it’s less expensive to buy and operate — and that’s saying a LOT.

    “Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near”
    It’ll be sad to see this vessel be put out to pasture, but on the other hand, a carrier is an awfully extravagant warship for an economy as small as Spain’s — even when there *isn’t* an economic crisis. Maybe they can devise a simpler and less expensive replacement when the Spanish economy recovers?

    “UK ‘must operate second carrier’”
    I’d like to see them have two carriers, but the F-35 is a losing bet. The tired cliche of ‘Too big to fail’ only indicates the scope of the disaster when it DOES fail.

    “SCAR Side Rail”
    Another reason not to use the plastic squirt-gun M16 anymore.

    “Hard to call that one a bad shoot. Easy to call it having dumb friends.”
    I don’t think ‘dumb’ is a strong enough description for this guy…

    “Delays and challenges for Indo-Russian fighter”
    On one hand, it would be awesome if Russia and India get them into service. On the other, it will be decidedly less-than-awesome when they proliferate to Threat Countries.

    “US Navy ships collide in the Pacific”
    Don’t be surprised if the OIC walks the plank — the Navy has fired at least 10 skippers this year…; http://www.militarycorruption.com/navycasualties3.htm
    …and they fired a ton of high-ranking officers in 2011.
    Of course, if the OIC of either ship is a woman, with a sister who happens to be an admiral AND a lesbian; http://www.militarycorruption.com/hollygraf18.htm

    “Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks”
    Until they figure out how to make each gallon of Ethanol without burning 1 gallon of Gasoline, it’s a dead end. You might also remind those who tout Brazil’s use of Ethanol that it only works because they use sugar canes — and that, in turn, will not work in our climate, let alone without driving-down the availability of farmland for growing food, entailing increases in food costs and shortages.

    “The Death of the Hockey Stick?”
    Want to know why human-induced global climate change is a fraud? Ask a Geologist.

  5. Watch the Liberals rev up on this:

    Looks like the “New Black Panthers” had a talk with the witnesses recently.

    Four key witnesses in the case against George Zimmerman have changed their statements of what they saw the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida this February. Three of these witnesses’ changes may damage Zimmerman’s case.

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