Links 1/3/09

Missing San Francisco sea lions ‘off Oregon‘ BBC

Tom Gregory: Goldman Sachs To Launch New HQ! Huffington Post

Get a Dog James Kwak

World Gone Mad Matthew Yglesias

The TSA’s Intimidation Of Bloggers Over Leaked Security Rules Is A Disgrace Clusterstock and Blogging and the tyranny of government Ed Harrison. See, this is the first step towards bloggers being declared suspected enemy combatants and disappeared!

A quote from Amartya Sen, and my New Year’s Tax Resolutions (for Congress and the Obama Administration) Linda Beale. I like her list, particularly #5.

Mainstream Economists Unable To Discuss Economics Robert Vinneau

Americans Doing More, Buying Less, a Poll Finds New York Times. A positive development indeed.

”Scientists Need to Speak Up’‘ Mark Thoma

Another Reason to Keep the Estate Tax: It Will Save Baby Seals Economists for Firing Larry Summers

Email From Afghanistan on “Waste of War” Michael Shedlock.

Failings at the banks to be laid bare Times Online. And why no investigations here?

Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Garrett):

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  1. Skippy

    Re: World Gone Mad Matthew Yglesias

    Fast food kills more people in a year than a TERRORIST could ever hope too in a life time. On that note how many people are dead from too much holiday joy this year, yet guys thousands of miles away strike fear into the feeble minds hooked up to MSM aka the fearvine.

    I just wish they would dig up the old guys from WWII, that Tojo caricature was pretty funny and really slacked our fear of the yellow hoard, wait a minute, back then we laughed at those funny little guys that looked deferent, allayed our fears. So whats the deal now umm backward, tribal, no standing army’s/air/sea forces, we invaded them not the other way around, I’m confused?

    Some one help me hear please.

    We kill them by the hundreds of thousands and they kill a few thousand of us, but yet WERE the scared ones[?], why is not our glorious government allaying our collective fears like in WWII with funny, belittling, diminishing caricatures of these guys…man I bet they wished they had half of Japans capability’s back then.

    Skippy…Funny hats, baggy pants, big beards, live in mud houses, come on, bugs bunny would have a field day! Over payed Federal employee syndrome strikes again!

  2. Jesse

    Academic scientists need to speak out…

    I realize that economics is hardly a full science, but I think that academic economists could do a significantly better job in speaking out in advance with regard to deeply flawed economic models, financial practices, and obvious bubbles.

    Their record over the past twenty years is shameful. And it still is.

  3. i on the ball patriot

    All pussy scientists need to speak out …

    TSA – Terrorizing Stupid Americans – is now rolling out their death dealing “nuke you to naked” deeply penetrating back scatter x-ray machines that will zap you with unlimited doses of carcinogenic, mutagenic, heart damaging radiation each and every time you fly …


    To date, the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have been silent about TSA’s sinister plan to deliver unlimited doses of carcinogenic, mutagenic, heart damaging radiation to the flying public. No health studies are planned to gauge short and long-term effects of the radiation TSA will deliver to inspect our innards.

    Big Brother’s zap madness is a predictable result of America’s post 9-11 security hysteria. But here’s the irony: Dr. Gofman says X- radiation has the effect of “grenades and small bombs” on human cells. If we permit TSA to continually “bomb” our DNA in the name ofsecurity, what have we accomplished?

    Besides ionizing beams, the feds are also testing other types of surveillance radiation. A flubbed holographic scanner developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory allows officials to strip search humans with ultra-high frequency radio waves.

    Millivision of Amherst, Mass., has engineered a millimeter wave scanner using radio frequencies 1,000 times higher than those of an FM broadcast. These waves pass through clothing, packaging and building materials. Ultra-highradio frequencies include radar, a spectrum of radiation known since WWII to cause cancer and neurological disability in humans.

    Microwave frequencies are documented by recent studies on cell/cordless phone radiation to be carcinogenic and teratogenic (causing abnormal embryonic development).

    An example of unexpected health repercussions caused by high frequency radiation used on humans is fetal ultrasound technology. Ultrasound equipment bombards a fetus for up to one hour with megahertz radiation. This radiation, which cycles millions of time per second, can cause mutation and bleeding in the intestinal cells of rodents.

    Swedish scientists say routine ultrasound scanning of pregnant women may be causing subtle brain damage in unborn babies. Approximately half of all pregnancies in the U.S. result in prenatal or postnatal death, or an otherwise less than healthy baby.”

    More here …

    Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

    1. i on the ball patriot

      Oh yes, and who profits?
      Well… simply follow the money …


      “Ex-Homeland Security Chief Head Said to Abuse Public Trust by Touting Body Scanners

      by Kimberly Kindy

      Since the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports.

      What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question.

      An airport passengers’ rights group on Thursday criticized Chertoff, who left office less than a year ago, for using his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients.”

      More here …

      Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

  4. Frank

    I like the way you organized the order of the links above with this one:

    ”Mainstream Economists Unable To Discuss Economics Robert Vinneau”

    preceding this one:

    ”Scientists Need to Speak Up” – Mark Thoma

    where Economist Mark Thoma waxes (not so) eloquently on Global Warming and defending the actions of the Climategate emails and the need for ”scientists” to learn how to manipulate the media and the uneducated masses.

    (perhaps Dr. Thoma should stick to economics)

      1. ComparedToWhat?

        Couple of days ago I finished the novel “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez, and today watched his talk at Long Now. Cheers for the link!

  5. Anonymous

    Thanks to the link to that page IF. I also had my blog yanked down last week, and I haven’t gotten a response from Blogger as to why. It seems like this has been happening a lot recently (I recently heard the same thing being done to a 911 researcher’s blog), and I think people need to be aware of it. Safe your info into Word! Put it on a flash drive, etc.!

    Anyway, the real reason I wrote is because I was upset to see this global warming alarmist stuff on here.

    Isn’t it funny that the global warming alarmists want people to “rely on science” then they absolutely know none?

    Most simply rely on an Inconvenient Truth a movie that has been largely debunked.

    Here’s another comment I wrote to someone who was imploring people to “listen to science” when giving misleading evidence of her own:

    “Perhaps then maybe you can tell us why you site a 2007 report when Artic ice has actually been expanding for the last two years, conveniently right after the date of the article you site. In 2008, it expanded about 300,000 sq. ft., and in 2009, it expanded about 1,000,000 sq. ft.

    Perhaps you can also tell us why the sea level of Artic ice was also 28.7% higher in 2008 than 2007?

    And if you choose to say, those are just minor cooling trends, then perhaps you can explain why the cooling trend has been present for over 11 years.

    And perhaps you can explain why temperatures were higher than they are now during the Medieval Warming Period, the Holocene, and Eemian period for THOUSANDS of years.

    1. eric anderson

      Thank you, anonymous. I’m the one that usually has to bring the inconvenient (to AGW) truths to the table around here.

      People need to stop listening to scientists and start drilling down to look at the data. First, the raw data. Then, the massaging and manipulation of that data. (“Hide the decline…”) A serious look at the IPCC reports shows an open admission that several important factors influencing global temperature are not well understood scientifically.

      Most of the CO2 emitted every year, the vast majority of it, comes from non-human sources. Additionally, a great deal of it is absorbed. We do not even understand all the sources and all the sinks of CO2. That’s why we’re launching satellites to study these very questions.

      Swiss glaciers were melting faster in the 1940s than today. And that happens to be at the start of a 30-year global cooling trend. Why were glaciers melting faster in the 1940s when it was a bit cooler? A new peer-reviewed study in Geophysical Research Letters finds the intensity of the sun, as modulated by clouds and aerosols to be the pertinent issues.

      More and more PhD scientists are speaking out against alleged scientific certainty that man is causing the warming. Yes, I agree. Scientists must speak out more. Hearing qualified people debating both sides would be a refreshing change, if we could see the loyal opposition get a hearing anywhere other than Fox News.

  6. joebek

    Re: Thoma’s article

    First: In a blog about financial matters I think many readers will find interesting the following from Colby Cosh’s article in MacLeans (12/13/2009) on Steve McIntyre. They may be the most damming two paragraphs in the history of science reporting.

    The money quote:

    The world of mining is one in which everyone is constantly aware of how engineering results can be tampered with or misrepresented to rip off investors. And in 2003, when McIntyre first saw the hockey stick graph, it reminded him uncomfortably of some stock promoter’s over-optimistic revenue projection. McIntyre asked lead “hockey stick” author Michael Mann for the underlying data and was startled when Mann had trouble remembering where he had posted the files to the Internet. “That was when the penny dropped for me,” McIntyre says. “I had the sense that Mann was pulling together the data for the first time—that nobody had ever bothered to inquire independently into the hockey stick before.”

    To McIntyre, a scientist’s data and code stand in the same relationship to a finished paper that drilling cores do to a mining company press release. “If you’re offering securities to the public,” McIntyre observed in a May 2008 talk at Ohio State University, “there are complicated and expensive processes of due diligence, involving audits of financial statements, independent engineering reports, opinions from securities lawyers and so on. There are laws requiring the disclosure of adverse results.” Peer review in scientific journals is good, he suggested, but it is limited and vulnerable to compromise. “There is far more independent due diligence on the smallest prospectus offering securities to the public than on a Nature article that might end up having a tremendous impact on policy.”

    Second: In an era of declining government budgets it would behoove the scientific community to consider carefully how completely they want to hitch the prestige of SCIENCE to AWG. AWG is losing public favor because global warming appears to have stopped. Just as the economists’ failure to anticipate the GFC, the climate scientists’ failure to predict the current lull in global warming takes a back a ways. Lot’s of rethinking will need to be done.

    Third: For us AGW sceptics it is Climaquiddick (the ‘quiddick’ referring to a scandal distasteful to the sentiments of the nomenklatura).

    Fourth: If Alan Paton hadn’t already taken the title someone could write a book.

  7. fresno dan

    The TSA’s Intimidation Of Bloggers Over Leaked Security Rules Is A Disgrace Clusterstock and Blogging and the tyranny of government Ed Harrison. See, this is the first step towards bloggers being declared suspected enemy combatants and disappeared!

    “Are bloggers private citizens or journalists?”
    You lose the argument with the first question. I am a citizen, and my constitutional rights are inviolate, and if I happen to blog or work as a journalist, that is irrelevant to my rights. As a citizen, I have a right to question, investigate, petition, or complain as much as anyone else, be they blogger or journalist. I never understand the premise that journalists get some “protection” above what a citizen gets. Now that we have blogging, we see that this slicing and dicing of right simply reduces rights. It takes a nation of citizens to defend their rights. Look at the constitution – it was well understood by the founding fathers that what first imperils our liberty is our own government.

    Government has some NARROW responsibility to keep a FEW secrets. First and foremost, we should all demand what the rationale and evidence that the government has that the particular information in question NEEDS to be classified.
    NEXT, we need some consequences to the tremendous effort of government’s obfuscation, hiding, and misdirection regarding information. IT IS OUR INFORMATION…and the consequence should be the firing of the officials who misclassify it.

    1. Sugar Hill Dad

      Fresno Dan is spot on; there is no mention of Journalists in the Bill of Rights; Rights apply to Individuals and it is up to individuals to protect them;

      So long as government agents, whether TSA, FBI or any local version of same can safely violate our rights without fear of being injured or killed, they will continue to do it; who the f^ck are those agents to go to a man’s home, at night, and demand that he either bend over or go to jail? Who are these people that they threaten the safety and welfare of his children like that?

      Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said that the Tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of Tyrants and Patriots;

      Where I come from we say it differently: some people need to be shot; in a country free from tyranny those 3 TSA agents would have refused to follow those orders for two reasons; (1) such orders are unconstitutional and (2) they don’t want to get shot by an outraged citizen;

      In a perfect world, the homeowner would have shot those guys dead and then called 911; there would be a trial within ONE Week during which the homeowner would tell the jury exactly the story that Ed Harrison reported to us and that jury would find this man NOT guilty in 10 minutes;

      This is how you stop tyranny cold, _before_ they build concentration camps for free speaking bloggers just like they did for patriotic Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor;

      I’d like to be able to say that I would do this, but I’d be lying; I’d rollover in a heartbeat because I know that the FBI would murder me and my child (with poison gas if Janet Reno were still around) and, if I somehow survived, I would have to wait for at least 5 years in solitary confinement before trial (if they actually give me a trial) and, when I actually get to tell my story to the jury, I would have to suffer the indignity of their finding me guilty;

      This is why this kind of intimidation will continue to escalate into absolute tyranny until all of us are so afraid to Read, let along Write, on blogs that we simply stop and the blogosphere blows away;

      If any of you are offended by what I just wrote, you have no right to complain when they come after YOU;

      1. bob

        just xrated radio. I think howard stern is trying to get fired. He got a special copy of Palin’s book.

        1. Skippy

          The lady in red, made her living in a bed…D.C. is the whore house of Kleptocracy, she will make a fine new addition…me thinks.

          BTW you asked a way back about a primer for your new nihilist novelette, may I put forth that they castrated him in vitro, there by absolving him from original sin. Which when you think about it, some in the cloth could use a trim eh?

          1. bob

            I thought they chased MM all the way to france to make sure that this story held?

            Fiction is getting harder and harder to find.

          2. Skippy

            It also could be used as a tort weapon against all those sheep skins in royal vaults…muhahaha (think of the claw-back)! And some think were/being Econned, try that out for size, royal decree attached to him in private (physical bond) whilst proclaiming the opposite to the underclasses (spiritual bond for everyone).

            MM the mother that kids were instructed too hate.

            Thanks for the laugh, but Yves will put her foot down soon…gulp!

            Skippy…don’t forget to “shrivel up”.

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