NASA: Being COY With OCO CO2 Data


Petrossa:

Luckily CO2 has no significant warming effect outside the laboratory else ecowarriors start cutting the rain-forests down to save humanity.

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

Recntly, NASA released data from the OCO satellite borne instument measuring CO2 emissions across the globe. The December data with a map of the Earth’s rainforests in the image below clearly shows where most CO2 is being emitted.

oco-rainforests

But looking at NASA’s ‘Earth Now’ page for CO2, you wouldn’t recognise the true situation.

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Why South-Africa is a failed state

Why South-Africa is a failed state

Well that is actually explained by themselves in this newsarticle from 2010:

Use land or lose it – Nkwinti
2010-03-02 19:04
Cape Town – The “use it or lose it” principle will be applied firmly to redistribute farmland to ensure South Africa’s agricultural output does not decline further, minister of land reform and rural development, Gugile Nkwinti, said on Tuesday.

“You know, use it or lose it will work now, with the recapitalisation and development with the strategic partnerships we will form with farmers whether active or retired,” he told a media briefing in Cape Town.

“Our view is that [we should] give them a chance, establish a clear system of managing these farms, provide necessary support and those who do not want to work the land, take them out.

“There is not going to be any compromise on that part. The only thing that we thought we should strengthen is the support.”

Failed or declining

Nkwinti pointed out that the principle would not apply to people who were given land as part of the reconstitution process.

“But those who got land through redistribution, if they don’t use that land, we will take it.”

The minister revealed last year that more than half the farms bought by government as part of its Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme had failed or fallen into decline.

On Tuesday, Nkiwinti put the figure considerably higher and painted an increasingly bleak picture of the overall state of land reform.

He said it was untenable that more than 90% of the 5.9 million hectares of land the state bought for emerging farmers was not productive and that the state was therefore losing revenue.

GDP dropping

“More than 90% of those are not functional, they are not productive and therefore the state loses revenue.

“So we cannot afford to go on like that. We then say the agriculture sector’s production as a proportion of the GDP is going down, this is part of the reason. That land has been given to people and they are not using it. No country can afford that.

Nkwinti said the state spent billions buying going concerns in the “hope that these things will continue to produce but this has not happened”.

He said 15 years after the post-apartheid state introduced land reform, it was “not close to completing the process except in the Western Cape”. He reiterated that government would not meet its target of turning over 30% of arable land to the black majority by 2014 as the state simply does not have the R72bn needed to achieve this.

‘Balanced development’

Instead of setting a new deadline, the minister said, the department has decided to focus on making redistributed land more productive.

“We don’t want to target now because we want to balance development. We want to [create a] balance between the number of hectares we get and the extent to which we use those hectares to produce food.”

He said this informed the decision last year to adjust the ministry’s budget to allocate 25% for recapitalisation – which will see some R254m flow towards 200 farms in distress.

Nkwinti said the efforts to salvage farming operations on redistributed land would include giving support to black farmers battling to pay their debt to the Land Bank.

The bank last July lifted a moratorium on repossessing land from emerging farmers that was introduced in 2002, but said recently it was, along with the ministry and private institutions, looking at fresh support for those in distress.

The minister said this would cost the state an estimated R207m in guarantees.

Nkwinti said his ministry’s green paper on land reform was running late partly because officials were still working out how to structure strategic partnerships that will support the recapitalisation and development of emerging farm enterprises.

It is now scheduled to be published at the end of May.

Guess what, it still never happened ofcourse. They are stuck in the bizarre worldview that current large farms just runs themselves and need not be worked.

As in other failed african ex-colonies just taking away land from large landowners and redistribute it only resulted in land laying waste and equipment rusting away.

Since nowadays the ANC has turned into a racist black power movement the only ones benefiting from the wealth are themselves, from the time the ANC took government the division between poor and rich widened were  2 persons in the government today own as much wealth as 24 million of their followers.(Source)

Big landowners are now being threatened by expulsion from their land, hugely popular amongst the large population because those targeted aren’t black. And were they aren’t threatened they are murdered by raiding parties. Which only results in more land going to waste since it only be worked for selfsustainment farming.

The end of the downwards spiral isn’t in sight, South Africa will just go the same way as Mozambique and the like as soon as the last farm has been destroyed.

So is this a cultural thing? One cannot help but wonder.
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The world’s wellness obsession has gone too far

The world’s wellness obsession has gone too far

For starters, there is evidence suggesting that paying attention to your happiness, a crucial part of well-being, can actually make you less happy. In one study, two groups watched a video that usually makes people happy – a figure skater winning a prize. Afterwards, participants filled in a questionnaire to assess happiness. The only difference was that before viewing the video, one group read a statement emphasising the importance of happiness and the other group did not. Those who did not read the statement were more happy after the video. Consciously focusing on our happiness can backfire.

An obsessive focus on wellness can also make us more judgmental, potentially worsening societal divisions. Those who highly value well-being tend to view those who don’t come up to their high standards as “disgusting”, even if the truth is they can’t afford a personal yoga instructor or the latest lifelogging technology.

A fascinating stream of research in moral psychology has found that when feelings of disgust are triggered, we tend to rapidly make highly punitive moral judgements. For example, we are more likely to harshly judge people who “turn our stomach” and we ascribe morally unattractive traits to them, such as being lazy and untrustworthy.

While workplace programmes promise great things, they sometimes deliver disappointing results. For instance, some studies have found wellness initiatives only helped a small number of employees lose on average half a kilogram over a year. While any weight loss is not to be sniffed at, it is uncertain whether such modest results are worth the billions spent achieving them.

 

New Scientist

Seizures, Encephalopathy, and Vaccines

Seizures, Encephalopathy, and Vaccines

Conclusion

A significant number of children with alleged vaccine injury had pre-existing neurologic or neurodevelopmental abnormalities. Among those developing chronic epilepsy, many had clinical features suggesting genetically determined epilepsy. Future studies that include genotyping may allow more specific therapy and prognostication, and enhance public confidence in vaccination.

Journal of Pediatrics

Pondering ideological inconsistencies

Pondering ideological inconsistencies

So now the dust has settled of the latest violent atrocity committed by ‘Islamic activists’ (sic CNN) and all the usual suspects rise to the occasion to claim the Islamic ideology and the violence committed in it’s name by so many lone wolves it’s become a real pack.

How can i discern my Islamic neighbor from a ‘lone wolf’ to a ‘moderate’ ? 

Events have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that anyone can become a ‘lone wolf’ regardless of color, ethnicity, previous creed, social standing, country of origin, gender, age etc. The ONLY unique connecting factor between these completely disparate ‘lone wolves’ is the warrior ideology of Islam.

Many a ‘moderate’ Islamic community representative all claim the same: you can’t hold the majority responsible for the acts of the minority. But why exactly are the ‘moderates’ not actively slaughtering the unbelievers?

We get no real answer, but what multiple polls conducted in various nations across the globe do prove that the overwhelming majority  (around 80% average) of followers of the Islam ideology find the ‘insulting’ of their prophet worthy of at least corporal punishment preferably death.

One wonders again how do they speak for their prophet? If the entity existed at all it died long time ago. So actually insulting a person is not an issue, he/she is no more. So it would be insulting an abstract concept conceived by a large group of people.

So far i could go along with that if it weren’t for the fact that what exactly constitutes this abstract concept is the basis of total war between various schisms of what it is. Simplifying a lot there are 2 main streams, the Shi’ite and the Sunni both fighting each other to death over the exact definition. If already the followers of the ideology themselves are totally confused what the entity known as ‘the prophet’ might wish if he/she could be how on earth can they agree on what would insult it?

And if they can’t how could we unbelievers? Not showing a depiction is not a valid argument since over the centuries the entity has been depicted all over the place without consequences. Heck, postcards depicting the entity were made in the 19th century. Paintings from the middle ages abound with it’s depiction.

So that argument fails.

So depicting it in a way the current followers of the ideology don’t agree with… Since for example the Sunna instructs followers to take an animal as sexual partner rather than rape a female human depicting the entity copulating with a goat would be permitted logically. So that’s not insulting.

So how on earth can unbelievers take these ramshackle groups of disagreeing followers seriously?

They can’t obviously. So evidently this whole issue of ‘insulting’ is just a stick to beat with. It’s a means to subjugate unbelievers to accept the rather absurd and contra-dictionary  rules  of their creed as being of a higher authority than the local nations laws.

What can we conclude? This ‘issue’ isn’t a case of a ‘lone wolf’. It’s a case of one unifying bond between anyone who accepts this ideology regardless of who it is and where they live with a ferocious warrior class to break the ground and a vast army of ‘moderate’ believers to fill up the conquered nations.

There where the warrior class is to under classed to combat the unbelievers a practice of the ‘boiling frog’ approach is applied. Bit by bit nations are prepared for submission by slowly ever so subtly eroding their social cohesion using those nations own laws against them by steadily increasing the numbers of the religion of peace.

Subjugation of women is permitted, even encouraged, by ‘liberated’ feminists because those Islamic women have the ‘right’ to choose to be subjugated. Freedom is abused to hollow out the civil liberties, to get even paid by their hosts to do so. The true definition of a parasitic entity.

Let’s be clear, freedom of expression, of religion however silly, should be paramount. But only till the front door of their private property. All public places are free, free of any kind of implementation of one ideology over an other. So wear any kind of stifling garment you want, just don’t do it in public. Don’t annoy people with your beliefs abouts foodstuffs, festivities or any kind of limitation of general public’s freedom to be confronted by your often antiquated or even psychotic behavior.

Let’s just agree to disagree, take your ideology that preaches death, stupidity, subjugation and just go away.

CO2 Doesn’t Affect Global Temperature

CO2 Doesn’t Affect Global Temperature

I discovered in 2012 introducing radiating gases like H2O and CO2 to the atmosphere actually cools the Earth slightly and had useful direct email exchanges with Singer on the matter. Naturally I am pleased he has reached a similar conclusion, perhaps by another way.

The proper way to calculate CS is from the laws of physics, chemistry, biology and chemical engineering with correct physical properties. Relying on empiricism and data regression for large complex engineering systems is well known to be incorrect and flawed. They never represent the nonlinear world outside their domain of fit; cannot extrapolate, only interpolate. Same for stock market charting. The whole data fitting exercise to support GHGT (greenhouse gas theories) is worthless from its inception. (Except it conveniently proved CO2 lags temperature by 800 years from Al Gore’s 420,000 year trend, proving CO2 could not cause these temperature changes; the sun did it.)

My way is physics, the Stefan Boltzmann Law of radiation intensity from all matter proportional to its temperature and emissivity. This Law works for entire planets, even when there are clouds, thermal feedbacks and hurricanes.

If non-radiating O2 is exchanged for absorbing/emitting CO2, emissivity, e, of planet to space must increase.

I = σ e (T/100)4

If e increases with CO2 at constant I, T goes down. Therefore CO2 causes global cooling.

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The Religion of Peace

The Religion of Peace

The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some general wave of nihilistic violence in the economically depressed, socially atomized, morally hollow West–the Paris version of Newtown or Oslo. Least of all should they be “understood” as reactions to disrespect for religion on the part of irresponsible cartoonists.

They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades. It’s the same ideology that sent Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade under a death sentence for writing a novel, then killed his Japanese translator and tried to kill his Italian translator and Norwegian publisher. The ideology that murdered three thousand people in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The one that butchered Theo van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam, in 2004, for making a film. The one that has brought mass rape and slaughter to the cities and deserts of Syria and Iraq. That massacred a hundred and thirty-two children and thirteen adults in a school in Peshawar last month. That regularly kills so many Nigerians, especially young ones, that hardly anyone pays attention.

Because the ideology is the product of a major world religion, a lot of painstaking pretzel logic goes into trying to explain what the violence does, or doesn’t, have to do with Islam. Some well-meaning people tiptoe around the Islamic connection, claiming that the carnage has nothing to do with faith, or that Islam is a religion of peace, or that, at most, the violence represents a “distortion” of a great religion….

A religion is not just a set of texts but the living beliefs and practices of its adherents. Islam today includes a substantial minority of believers who countenance, if they don’t actually carry out, a degree of violence in the application of their convictions that is currently unique.

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