Archive for September, 2008

Your Phone Will Turn On You

In a world where phones can talk… one phone, dares to track your carbon footprint.

From the Guardian.co.uk:

Keeping track of your carbon footprint could become as simple as slipping a mobile phone in your pocket: a London-based start-up company has developed software for mobile phones that uses global positioning satellites to work out automatically whether you are walking, driving or flying and then calculate your impact on the environment.

Carbon Diem’s inventors claim that, by using GPS to measure the speed and pattern of movement, their algorithm can identify the mode of transport being used. It can therefore calculate the amount of carbon dioxide that a journey has emitted into the atmosphere – without any need for input from the traveller.

The system’s inventor, Andreas Zachariah, a graduate student of the Royal College of Art in London and chief executive of the Carbon Hero company, said that Carbon Diem is the world’s first automated carbon calculator.

Because it keeps a constantly updated diary of a person’s carbon emissions, Zachariah said that a user can easily track their environmental impact and, if they choose, modify their behaviour to lower-carbon alternatives.  

I like how they put “If they choose” between “Track” and “Modify behaviour”.  I’m sure this would never be used by a Government or Corperation to track anyone…

Zachariah believes companies could also benefit from the software, as firms committing to reducing their environmental impact may need to collect travel data on their employees. He accepts there could be concerns over privacy but says the software can be used to record only the carbon impact, not the actual routes.

whops.  Oh Well, to save Mother Earth, a little “patriot act” action would probably be required.

Stop Debate If You Can’t Talk Your Way Through It

Bad news sells, and you can’t sell the bad news (and the environMental movement) unless you shut up those who say “everything will be allright”.

I reciently had a conversation with a distant family member.  Written by Dick Little at the Paradise Post:

“The argument is over,” they declare. What that says to me is, “we’re too lazy to investigate the other side.”

There are hundreds and perhaps even thousands of scientists out their that have their doubts about “man made global warming.” Here in Paradise we have a well-qualified voice speaking out against what many call the, “Global Warming Myth.” His name is Paul Crapuchettes, who spent his lifetime working with General Electric and Litton Industries designing electron tubes. He also spent time overseeing the preservation of marshes and wetlands.

He believes the global warming movement is a, ” blind adherence to people who don’t know what they are talking about.

That sounds about right.  When talking with my family member, the moment I had mentioned an expert on the topic (on the topic of landfills, and their belief that we are running out of landfills as I point out Angela Logomasini, PhD., Director of Risk and Environmental Policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute).  Like many, the moment I get into a conversation, and the moment I start citing sources to counteract their opinion on the Environment, Global Warming, or Recycling, I am usually greeted with the same response as I was here: “you are just stuck in your ways, and this conversation can’t continue”.  Then the person I was enjoying a conversation with, walks away, sips their coffee while looking out the window, and simply won’t talk any further. 

See, the way I would look at it is: If you are so secure in the holiness of this movement, you should welcome any time to talk and spread the good word.  Then again, usually the people I meet who are in the environMental movement have a difficult time citing sources or holding a reasonable conversation… perhaps gullibility is a prerequisite for this religion.

Saving the Planet May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

Going vegan or vegetarian will cause your brain to be smaller, according to Oxford University.  Little matter, however, because you are helping the planet with your small brain.

From here and here:

Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.

The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.

When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Small Brains huh?  I guess that explains some of the Global Warming hysteria.  Despite groups like Earthsave.orgGoVeg.org, and (the most communist sounding environmental group out there) Commondreams.org… Not eating meat is the way to go to help our earth.

Editor’s Note: I have been hard pressed to find a large brained environmentalist.  Perhaps they should do a study on what listening to Al Gore does to your brain.

Vandalize All You Want and Get Away With It

A jury in Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greanpeace activists of over £35,000 in criminal damage to a coal fired power plant citing the “lawful excuse” of stopping global warming.

I couldn’t believe this, so I had to check multiple sources.  Here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here.

From the Independent.co.uk:

Jurors accepted defence arguments that the six had a “lawful excuse” to damage property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater damage caused by climate change. The defence of “lawful excuse” under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage – such as breaking down the door of a burning house to tackle a fire.

Look, people who damage things that do not belong to them SHOULD NOT GO UNPUNISHED.

They even brought in James Hansen of NASA to help their case.  James Hansen, you know, the one who’s serious math error accidently said 1998 was the warmest year on record.

The event of these eco-terrorists being let off the hook highlights the root of the Church of Global Warming’s mission.  This is Greanpeace, by the way, who yell about us getting off of forign sources of oil but refuse to let us build Nuclear Power plants.  Any amount of logic that used to be in environMentalism has long since been replaced with emotion, and when jurors will let people who brake laws go in the name of Global Warming… you know this religion is seriously messed up.

Environment Minister Calls Global Warming Fears ‘hysterical psuedo-religion’

Environment Minister Sammy Wilson of the UK had a little bit to say about the religion of Global Warming.

From the BBC:

The Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a “hysterical psuedo-religion”.

In an article in the News Letter, Mr Wilson said he believed it occurred naturally and was not man-made.

Sammy Willson was quoted as saying:

“The tactic used by the “green gang” is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact,” he said.

and…

“Reasoned debate must replace the scaremongering of the green climate alarmists.”

I completly agree.  Peter Doran of the Green Party does not however, as he said it was a “deeply irresponsible message.”  Yea, Irresponsible to those who make their millions selling carbon credits.

*Update, Incase the BBC is too “in the pocket of big oil” for you, this is also being talked about by the Dakota Voice and Rocky Mountain News.

Wilson also says (refering to global warming before SUVs):

The most modern history of the earth shows that these changes occur in regular cycles. From 200BC to 600AD we had what was known as the Roman warming when grapes grew in the open as far north as Scotland. The Dark Ages between 600 and 900AD was a cold period. Then came the Mediaeval warming period from 900 to 1300AD followed by the Little Ice Age between 1300 to 1850 AD when the Thames regularly froze over and fairs were held on the ice. From 1850 to 1940 we had another period of warming followed by a period of cooling from 1940 to 1975. When I was at school, scientists were confidently predicting that we were entering another ice age. From 1976 we have experienced gradual warming again. Significantly the most progressive and prosperous periods in world history were during the periods of global warming.

Wilson also points out why he thinks their going after him now:

Their ire has been particularly directed at me because I refuse to blindly accept the new pseudo-religion that we must dramatically change our economy in order to stop climate change. The tactic used by the “green gang” is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact.

I feel your pain Wilson.  Try editing Wikipedia some time.  Then your head will explode with all the Global Warming bias.

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