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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Global warming, North Korea, and today's items

Augusto sent this, Vaclav Klaus about the IPCC panel (emphasis added)
Q: On Wednesday, the European Commission has approved carbon dioxide caps for new cars. One week earlier, the U.N. IPCC climate panel released a report that has described, once again, the global warming as one of the major threats for the whole civilization. The Stern report about similar threats was published before that. And you suddenly say that the global warming is a myth. Try to explain, how did you get this idea, Mr President?

A: It's not my idea. Global warming is a myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it's a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it's an undignified slapstick that people don't wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the "but's" and "if's" are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.

This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians... If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.
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It's also true that there exist social systems that are damaging Nature - by eliminating private ownership and similar things - much more than the freer societies. These tendencies become important in the long run. They unambiguously imply that today, on February 8th, 2007, Nature is protected uncomparably more than on February 8th ten years ago or fifty years ago or one hundred years ago.
Sunspots, Cosmic Rays Causing Global Warming
When sun is more active, its rays push the cosmic rays away from the Earth. Then fewer clouds are formed and the Earth warms. When the sun is less active, more cosmic rays reach the Earth, more clouds are formed, and the Earth cools.
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Tentative Nuclear Deal Struck With North Korea
Steps to Disarmament Drafted in 6-Party Talks
"This is a very bad deal," former U.N. ambassador John R. Bolton told CNN. "It contradicts fundamental premises of the president's policy he's been following for the past six years. And second, it makes the administration look very weak at a time in Iraq . . . when it needs to look strong."
At NRO, via Alcibiades,
We are entering a very dangerous and depressing phase: making deals the principal accomplishment of which is the demonstration that we're not unilateralist cowboys — diplomacy celebrated for its own sake rather than because it actually, materially furthers American interests.
It's deja-vu all over again, babe.
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The glamorizing of the covered women continues. (h/t Larwyn)
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Also via Larwyn, Let A Thousand Team Bs Bloom: Douglas Feith Deserves Our Thanks: There Is No Category of 'Inappropriate' Activities
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In a lighter mode, Air Force Three (h/t Darleen)

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