Intellectualism

The other day I vetted an idiotic Nicolas Kristof column that while boosting intellectualism was one of the most moronic columns I’ve ever read.

Last weekend, my dad and I stopped at a little country store for a cup of coffee and to split a cinnamon roll. We had decided against their little restaurant because they wanted an arm and a leg for their Sunday morning special.

The lady at the counter said $12.56 please. As dad handed over the money we were both really astounded at the prices in this joint and sat down and then decided this was impossible. “Lady, how much is the coffee?” $1.25. “So the roll is …..?” “Well it’s $2.25″

And???

She knew the cost of the coffee and the roll and let her cash register tell her it added up to $12.56 because somehow it didn’t clear the order before. Common sense should have kicked in or maybe she had some little scheme going, I don’t know. But…

Today in the Telegraph we find that the big warnings in October of it being the warmest on record were not really accurate.

Read the whole Telegraph story, it’s short, but basically the calculators re-used summer temps in Russia for their Russian October temperatures.

GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

Now I DO data. When something doesn’t make sense, before sending it off to my boss, I try to locate where the nonsensical piece is and decide if it’s true, or if there is some mistake in what I’ve done. I don’t always find it, but I know enough to point out that something here at X looks fishy but I got my data here and put it together this way, so “let me know if you need it from somewhere else” or “if you want me to look in a different direction” etc.

All this happens BEFORE the big news hits the MSM that we’ve just had the COLDEST OCTOBER ON RECORD even when everyone across the globe is reporting freak early snow storms!

Done on purpose, or because the intellectualism of these global warmists is lacking?
Did that cashier hope to cash in on that $10 cinnamon roll? Or just make a mistake?

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Bad is good again.

Lobbyists, bad. Lobbyists, good.

Torture, bad. Torture, maybe not so bad after all.

Guantanamo, bad. Guantanamo, needed.

MSM – George W Bush is the devil incarnate what with all the torture and unlimited detentions and evil lobbyist ties.
MSM – Barack H Obama is a realist who sees that limiting interrogation techniques could limit information and that sometimes, some people need to be held indefinitely lest they roam the streets of the US of A and sometimes lobbyists are the experts that actually have knowledge of their subjects vs just being evil beings living off the greed in DC.

As cranky as all of this makes me, it will be fabulous to have a media that doesn’t automatically reverse spin everything coming out of the White House.