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When “Science” Isn’t Scientific.

This ought to make some heads explode:

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published [global average surface temperature (GAST)] data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

The study itself can be found here.

We are just going to cut and paste the entire summary and conclusions page:

VII. SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS

In this research report, the most important surface data adjustment issues are identified and past changes in the previously reported historical GAST data are quantified. While the notion that some “adjustments” to historical data might need to be made is not challenged, logically it would be expected that such historical temperature data adjustments would sometimes raise these temperatures, and sometimes lower them. This situation would mean that the impact of such adjustments on the temperature trend line slope is uncertain. However, each new version of GAST has nearly always exhibited a steeper warming linear trend over its entire history.
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“It’s Only……”

Last week the Palm Bay City Council voted 3-2 to increase the storm water fees that residents pay. The average increase seems to be roughly three times the amount property owners are paying now.

Prior to the vote, the Council sent out letters to property owners advising them of the proposed change.

One of the points raised in the letter was this one:

Why use special assessments to fund stormwater management services?

The use of special assessments requires the City to meet the Florida case law requirements for a valid special assessment including fair and reasonable apportionment. This means that unlike taxes, which can be used for any general purpose, the revenues collected through the stormwater special assessment can only be used to fund stormwater management services like ongoing maintenance of City-owned storm drainage infrastructure, as well as water quality monitoring, evaluation and improvements.

If it weren’t so sad, we’d be laughing. This is essentially saying “because we can’t stick to a budget where funds are allocated to certain line items, we want to have you pay more for our lack of fiscal responsibility and discipline.

However, there is a much more damning reason for the assessment fees as opposed to a tax.

Palm Bay has an ordinance that requires taxes to get approval by the voters. By in effect admitting the City cannot spend responsibly, they certainly don’t want voters to have a say in the City taking more money from the voters’ pockets.

(Let’s be clear about this too – while there is a legal technical difference in a fee and a tax, that difference is not known to peoples’ wallets, pocketbooks and bank accounts. To the citizen, the money is coming out of the same place. It is the government who determines where it will go.)
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The Truth Vs. CNN.

Political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, blogger, and author Bill Whittle weighs in on the CNN issue.

As usual, Whittle makes some great points, but also points out how CNN has hoisted itself on its own petard.

In his latest FIREWALL, host Bill Whittle recounts the recent CNN scandal, describes the masterful way the videos were released and shows what incredible — almost unbelievable — harm is caused by media bias.




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The Pucker Factor Is Huge With This.

Storm Doris hit the UK in February 2017.

The storm produced massive snowfalls, driving rains, winds gusting up to 94 mph and at least 3 deaths were attributed to the storm’s effects.

One of the places that was dealing with the winds was Birmingham Airport, which is some 115 miles northwest of London.

A YouTuber by the name of “flugsnug” ventured out into the storm to film takeoffs and landings at the Birmingham Airport.

What he caught on film is incredible.

The strongest gusting I have filmed in – up to 62 mph/54 knots – made 23 February 2017 unique for me. Plenty of heavy wing flexing, furious flicking of control surfaces, and a near tail strike, making a great opportunity to see in detail how planes and pilots handled the unusually difficult conditions.

One of the staff here are RoH said that pilots don’t earn their money going from point “A” to point “B” in normal circumstances. Heck, there are even planes now that can do automatic takeoffs and landings.

No, pilots earn their pay in dealing with extraordinary situations and events like those created by Storm Doris.

After watching this video, we would bet that there were a lot of underwear that needed to be changed by passengers and crew.



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Union Claims This Is A Baaaaaaaaaad Idea.

Western Michigan University has a small problem.

Because of construction and other factors the school had areas that were overgrown with weeds, poison ivy, and other invasive plants. The areas in which this was happening is difficult for men and machines to get into, not to mention the problems associated with removing plants that cause irritation to people.

Last year, the school ran a test and hired new workers to see if they could tackle the problem.

WMU hired goats.

Nick Gooch, WMU horticulturist and landscape services staff, explained the need:

“There’s a lot of construction that goes on. So the constant disturbance to campus causes the woodlots to, the quality to degrade. It’s nature trying to repair itself with all these opportunistic plants and a lot of these plants that are opportunistic tend to be invasive. They’re not real attractive, it’s just really thick, it’s difficult to work in here and we’ve been using manpower and machinery over the years to try to manage it.”

Manpower and machinery had been unsuccessful for the most part. Workers were getting injured from the uneven terrain or reacting to the poison ivy. The machinery was leaving huge footprints, and weed seeds were being brought to the surface.

“It’s almost like the more work you do, the worse you make it,” Gooch said.

That’s where the goats come in. WMU did a test run with the goats on a half-acre in 2016.

The school contracted with a company called “Munchers on Hooves” in Colodwater, Michigan to provide goats to eat the vegetation.
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Food Trucks In Louisville: Not “Yum Yum” But “None None.”

Troy King and Robert Martin own food trucks that operate in the City of Louisville, Kentucky. King’s business and truck is called “Pollo” sells “gourmet chicken” while Martin’s “Red’s Comfort Foods” sells things such as burgers, “hotdaugs” (their spelling, not ours,) barbecue chicken, etc. Red’s Comfort Foods also has a brick and mortar restaurant.

Generally speaking, restaurants don’t like food trucks. Even though the typical customers of each business is different (fast food vs a sit down meal,) restaurants view food trucks as a threat to their business.

Instead of competing with the food trucks, the restaurants sought and gained an ally in their fight against the trucks.

That ally would be the City of Louisville government.

The government passed a regulation on food trucks which reads, in part:

“[n]o mobile food unit vendor shall sell or vend from his or her vehicle or conveyance within 150 feet of any restaurant, café, or eating establishment offering as a main featured item or items similar to that restaurant, café, or eating establishment at the time it is open for business unless approval is obtained in writing from the owner of the business.” LMCO § 115.369(E).

Failure to abide by this ordinance is punishable by up to a $50 a day fine, up to 30 days in jail or both. In addition, the food truck may have its license revoked.

What the ordinance means is that the owner of the food truck has to go with hat in hand and ask any restaurant within 150 feet that might be selling a similar item and get the restaurant’s permission to sell that item out of the food truck. Instead of saying “our chicken is better than theirs and we’ll fight them leg for leg, thigh for thigh, wing for wing and breast for breast,” all the restaurant has to do is say “nope. You can’t sell it within 150 feet of my restaurant,” and the food truck has to go away.
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Fixing An Error Code On A Cannon Printer.

We’ve all been there.

Right before a job that you need to finish or are in the middle of printing, your printer dies and shows some error code.

This is how one gentleman fixed the error code on a Cannon printer.

“To try and resolve the U052 error, please remove and then reseat all of the ink tanks and print head in the unit. Next, please turn off the printer, unplug the power cord from the back and leave it out for at least 10 minutes, then plug it back in and turn it back on.”

BONUS VIDEO BECAUSE IT’S FRIDAY!

As a bonus, one of the things that is really hard to get right as an animator or when doing CGI is characters walking. It takes a lot of skill and patience to not only get the gait right, but the distance covered in each step looking correct.
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Dana Loesch, The NRA And Trump.

On June 12, the NRA released a video featuring 2nd Amendment advocate and author Dana Loesch.

Here’s the transcript:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and awards shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the “resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream “racism” and “sexism” and “xenophobia” and “homophobia.”

To smash windows. Burn cars. Shut down interstates and airports. Bully and terrorize the law-abiding.

Until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage.

The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.

People on the left immediately went nuts.

They claimed Loesch was calling for people to shoot others. (Good luck finding that anywhere in the video.) They have made claims that the video is racist. (Yeah, because the violence that Loesch notes from the left never happens against businesses and property owned by minorities and people of color. Baltimore? Seattle? Detroit? Ferguson? St. Louis? LA? Anyone?)

But now the NRA has fired back against the lies and the hatred of the left with another video.

Buckle your seatbelts:
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