John Coleman: How the Global Warming Scare Began

John Coleman tells the story

A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard and the Global Warming campaign was born. Revelle tried to calm things down years later, but Gore said Revelle was Senile and refused to debate. John Coleman documents the entire story and shows how our tax dollars are perpetuating the Global Warming alarmist campaign even though temperatures have not risen in years and years.

Hattip : Dr. Dave house of fun

Amazon working on Amazon Music app for Windows devices | WMPoweruser

Amazon announced a new service called “Prime Music” today. Prime Music is a streaming music service that will be free for Amazon Prime owners but only offers an app on iOS and Android. Window users are left in the cold yet again.

hat tip:WMPoweruser

Amazon working on Amazon Music app for Windows devices.

Amazon Prime Music provides unlimited, ad-free access to Prime Playlists and more than a million songs and albums at no additional cost for active Amazon Prime members in the U.S.

Droid and iOS users already have an app for Amazon Prime Music, Windows 8 And Windows Phone users should have an Amazon Prime Music App as well!

I posted a feature suggestion at the forums. Vote for an Amazon Prime Music app for Windows 8 And Windows Phone here.


The Magic of Chemistry – with Andrew Szydlo

Zbigniew Szydlo (also known as Andrew Szydlo) is a chemist, academician and teacher.

Szydlo was born in England to Polish parents, where he attended Latymer Upper School, and then Imperial College London and University College London. He currently teaches chemistry at Highgate School in North London. He holds MSc, PhD, DIC, ACGI, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of which he is also a CChem.

An expert on the history of alchemy, Szydlo is the author of the standard work on the Polish alchemist, Michael Sendivogius. His work on seventeenth-century science is an ongoing project to which he hopes to devote further attention.

He frequently gives public lectures in the United Kingdom on topics including the History of Chemistry. Recent performances at Cambridge University, Durham University, University College London, the Royal Institution, Cheltenham Science Festival and Hampton Court have received much acclaim: writing in the journal Chemistry Industry on Szydlo’s performance at Cambridge, John Wilkins remarked that ‘Dr Szydlo exceeded all expectations; he raced through vast tracts of practical chemistry, history, alchemy, the discovery of oxygen, the internal combustion engine, and on occasion, introduced music too.

His lecture was interspersed with flashes, bangs, color changes, detonations and eruptions, keeping the 350-strong crowd on the edge of their seats throughout.’ This lively, multi-media approach characterizes Szydlo’s performances, which include experiments drawn from a wide repertory, ranging from the chemistry of color to pyrotechnics and high explosives.

Biographical information from Wikipedia

Advanced Imaging Reveals A Computer 1,500 Years Ahead of Its Time


X-rays and advanced photography have uncovered the true complexity of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism, a device so astonishing that its discovery is like finding a functional Buick in medieval Europe.

In 1900, some divers found the wreck of a Roman vessel off the Greek island of Antikythera. Among the other treasures remanded to the Greek government was an unassuming corroded lump. Some time later, the lump fell apart, revealing a damaged machine of unknown purpose, with some large gears and many smaller cogs, plus a few engraved words in Greek. Early studies suggested it was some type of astronomical time-keeping device – researcher Derek J. de Solla Price laid the groundwork by establishing initial tooth counts and suggesting that the device followed the Metonic cycle, a 235-month pattern commonly used to predict eclipses in the ancient world. . . .

The findings, published in Nature, are probably best described as “mind blowing.” Devices with this level of complexity were not seen again for almost 1,500 years, and the Antikythera mechanism’s compactness actually bests the later designs. Probably built around 150 B.C., the Antikythera mechanism can perform a number of functions just by turning a crank on the side.

Using nothing but an ingenious system of gears, the mechanism could be used to predict the month, day and hour of an eclipse, and even accounted for leap years. It could also predict the positions of the sun and moon against the zodiac, and has a gear train that turns a black and white stone to show the moon’s phase on a given date. It is possible that it could also show the astronomical positions of the planets known to the ancients: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Read the whole thing.

Watch the Nova video about this device here.

Chuck Todd Roasts Obamacare Website: ‘Unbelievable’ They ‘Blew It This Badly’

I love when news reader idiots use what they think are technical words, like “Glitch”.

Amusing how the news readers also took time instruct their viewers that the “Shutdown Issue” is just so overshadowing the failures of the healthcare website, while only talking about said website failures (glitches hahaha) for the entire segment.

Blind to irony, they are.

Via: Washington Free Beacon.
Read more at : Hot Air

“Of course, I want people to have health care, I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

ObamacareBillsComeAn unintentionally funny article via Instapundit » HA HA HA!”Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

Another great quote from that article: “I was laughing at Boehner – until the mail came today”

Iowahawk already has a hilarious twitter hashtag ready for stories like this one … #WTFdudeIthoughtitwasfree


Industrial Arts

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.


The Syrian debacle summed up in one brilliant Photoshop



The “consequences” of Obamas failure in Syria – Via: Human Events.


Help Kickstart World War III. “Why? Because Obama!”

Help Kickstart World War III! – YouTube.

… “Lots of shock — and tons of awwwwwww!”

Via: Instapundit

Remember when Democrats were anti-war?


HT: Instapundit

Is the driver’s name Wy Lee Kai O’te?

The Enterprise crew encounter a Miley Cyrus performance

Former U.S. attorney and assistant Tulane University Dean Jim Letten has an epic meltdown

James O’Keefe has a good time with the assistant dean at Tulane university …

Raw video:

VIA Campus Reform:

Former U.S. attorney and assistant Tulane University Dean Jim Letten

via WATCH: Former US attorney throws book at James O’Keefe, calls him ‘snail,’ hobbit, ‘spud,’ ‘asshole’.

Shock and Awe: Will Smith & family react to Miley Cyrus on stage


I literally Laughed Out Loud when I saw this photo this morning.

Even if they were really watching Lady Gaga, or simply chewing gum, or just nose scratching when the shot was taken it’s still simply one of those “Too funny” shots that also serves to illustrate … pictures lie!.

Here is the moment caught on you tube:

VIA Breitbart: GaGa v. Miley: Whos the Next Queen of Obscene? and The Blaze

Has The Tea Party Peaked? No … next question


Has The Tea Party Peaked?.
Other signs abound that the tea-party wave of 2010-2012 has peaked. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., up for reelection next year, is openly taking on the conservative base on immigration without facing any retribution from a conservative challenger. Sen. John Cornyn, who took conservative flak for supporting moderates as NRSC chair from 2010-2012, is expected to cruise to another term without primary opposition in Texas. The Club for Growth, agitating for intraparty challengers, has rallied behind only one GOP target so far. Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, the erratic tea-party insurgent in 2010, isn’t polling as well among Republicans in his second go-around.

All this is a far cry from the deeply antiestablishment, anti-incumbent sentiment that swept Washington for much of the last decade. Despite polling that shows Congress is as unpopular as ever, the intensity that drove Republican primary challengers seems to be abating. Over the last two elections, three sitting Republican senators were defeated in the primaries. Four House members apiece lost primaries in each of the last three House elections (not including the member-versus-member redistricting matchups). As significant is the fact that in the last two elections, at least 20 representatives (20 in 2010, 20-plus in 2012) won less than 60 percent of the vote in primaries—unusually high numbers that illustrated the anger at Washington across the country. Those numbers don’t look like they’ll be matched next year.

There are many reasons why that’s the case. Conservative activists have already pushed some of their biggest enemies out of the Congress, leaving fewer targets behind. Outside groups aren’t raising money the way they did in 2010 at the apex of the tea-party wave and in 2012 during the high-stakes presidential election. The disappointment felt by the grassroots after Obama’s reelection sapped some of the base’s enthusiasm. Jim DeMint, the main agitator inside the Senate, is now operating from the outside, with less political influence.

Read the article at:

The Tea Party was mugged, beaten and left for dead by Lois Lerner and the IRS gang. Surviving that attack only to be kicked while down by the John McCain / Karl Rove branch of the RINO Republican establishment.

But down does not mean out. Many more people (many of whom have only marginally been observing current events and politics up to now) have taken notice of the scandal-paloosa, they see an ever expanding Stasi like surveillance state, they observe the lawless IRS actions, and some are only now taking notice of an ostensible one party system. Those missing millions of conservative voters can and will join the Tea Party movement – whatever the party is named.

To be sure, this type of thing may take several more election cycles to play itself out.

When it happens, the rise of a new party will likely come as a “complete surprise” to most of the Rep & Dem establishment because many of the new party voters will express their support only with their votes at election time – and shock the established Rep & Dem regime.

It’s almost as if the Republicans have forgotten the Whigs, forgot their own party history and forget how the Republican party was started to begin with.

HT: HotAir

Rand Paul gives Christie the smack down

He may have heard that the Republican party is on life support in the northeast. Republicans are in danger of becoming an endangered species, so it’s not real smart for Republicans to be attacking Republicans. But I would remind him that I think what’s dangerous in our country is to forget that we have a Bill of Rights, to forget about privacy, to give up all of our liberty to say ‘we’re going to catch terrorism, but we have to live in a police state.’ I think it’s really kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims, and say, ‘I’m the only one who cares about these victims.’ Hogwash. If he cared about protecting this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this, “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme all the money you have in Washington, or don’t have,’ and he’d be a little more fiscally responsive and know that the way we defend our country, the way we have enough money for national defense, is by being frugal and not by saying, ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme’ all the time. … I’m for spying in terrorists, I’m not for spying on every American. And so people like the governor who are, I guess, flippant about privacy, flippant about the 4th Amendment, and flippant about the Bill of Rights, they do an injustice to our soldiers. Our soldiers are laying their life on the line for the Bill of Rights. So, if we’re not going to stand up for the Bill of Rights, we don’t care about liberty, then I think it’s really a mistake and we’ve gone too far.

When the NSA started spying on the home front they became a defacto extra-constitutional military organization deployed within our borders and thus eligible for defunding with extreme prejudice.

Their hooking up and listening to every electromagnetic eminence coming from within your domicile may even violate the third amendment of all things!

It’s too bad that some elected officials don’t take the oath to “Defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC” seriously but, lucky for us, others do.

The Patriot Act was bad law exactly because of what is currently being done under its auspices by the Democrat party. Which is exactly what we were all warned was going to happen by those nutty libertarians.

via Hot Air.

Renee Vaughan & Texas Campaign for the Environment are Racist & Proud


Renee Vaughan & Texas Campaign for the Environment are Racist & Proud.

Why else would the sign use the word “We’re”?

Yes she works there even though she has been “Internet scrubbed” recently.


via The Gateway Pundit.

The Hut Where the Internet Began – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic

leyte-thumb-570x374-126499Good read…
The Hut Where the Internet Began – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic.

Also a link to Engelbart’s extensive archive

How handgun carry laws have changesd since 1986

The Volokh Conspiracy » Chicago: From a Handgun Ban to a Right to Carry Concealed Handguns.


Sultan Knish: Wrong Side of the Street

Spot on analysis of the Zimmerman trial.

Sultan Knish: Wrong Side of the Street.

The Zimmerman case is about many things, but it isn’t about George Zimmerman, an Hispanic Obama supporter who campaigned against police brutality only to find himself plucked up by the hand of Big Brother to play the villainous white racist in the latest episode of liberal political reality television.

Zimmerman is the latest Bernie Goetz; another wholly unlikely cult figure who currently campaigns for vegetarian lunches in public schools and squirrel rescue. It’s not that the two men had anything particularly in common. Unlike Goetz, it is very unlikely that Zimmerman jumped the gun, so to speak, but they both fill a similar niche. They represent the embattled lower half of the middle class.

To understand the Zimmerman case, you have to live in a neighborhood that has just enough property values to keep you paying the mortgage and just enough proximity to dangerous territories to make you feel like you’re living on the frontier.

Read it all and you will find the ideas strangely familiar…

Illinois enacts nations final concealed-gun law

At least the Illinois CCW law is more permissive than New York’s CCW law.

Illinois enacts nations final concealed-gun law.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court’s deadline.

Both chambers of the Legislature voted to override changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Even some critics of the law argued it was better to approve something rather than risk the courts allowing virtually unregulated concealed weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence in recent months.

The Senate voted 41-17 in favor of the override Tuesday afternoon after the House voted 77-31, margins that met the three-fifths threshold needed to set aside the amendatory veto.

Meet The Chief Justice Of Americas Secret Supreme Court

So that’s what a rubber stamp kangaroo court judge looks like …

 rubber stamp kangaroo court judgeMeet The Chief Justice Of Americas Secret Supreme Court.

Bush appointee, natch!

Hat Tip: HotAir

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, dies at 88

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, dies at 88 | Ars Technica.

If you’ve used a mouse to click this article, you can thank Douglas Engelbart. The longtime inventor passed away in the late hours of July 2, at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88 years old.

In addition to inventing the computer mouse, Engelbart helped develop other technologies that have become commonplace in the computing world, including pioneering hypertext, networking, and the early stages of graphical user interfaces. He will always be one of the giants of Silicon Valley.

Most famously, Engelbart gave a now-legendary presentation on December 8, 1968, in San Francisco later known as “The Mother of all Demos.” In it, he gave the world’s first demonstration of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor.

Here is the video.


So as my few readers can see lately, I have started posting more often. Thanks to my loyal readers for sticking with me through the drought of posts (you know who you are). I am going to simply post links and small commentary to whatever I happen across that interests me. No more thematic (tech as it relates to politics and vise-versa) posting. It was too restraining and my blogging ended up slowed down to a near stop.

DRM Fallout: Steve Ballmer Replaces Don Mattrick As Xbox One Chief

Xbox One chief Don Mattrick to leave Microsoft for Zynga [Updated] | Games |

When something goes wrong in the marketing of a product, heads roll. The bigger the mistake, the more senior the person/people who suddenly announce they are leaving. In the case of Microsoft, following the difficult build up to the Xbox One launch Don Mattrick, president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business, is expected to exit. His destination? Zynga.

Regardless of who ultimately made the decisions regarding the Xbox One’s always-connected features and used games stance, Mattrick didn’t do a great job to counteract the anger from gamers or explaining the possible advantages of the Xbox One’s proposed setup. One of his worst moments was when he stated on camera that those without an internet connection should stick with an Xbox 360 instead of choosing a next-gen machine.

HT: SlashDot

Microsoft To Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service – Slashdot

Microsoft To Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service – Slashdot.


Glen Reynolds: Don’t fear the leaker

Excellent column.

Don't fear the leaker: Column.

Ever since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked information about the National Security Agency’s widespread — possibly illegal, even criminal — program of data collection and spying, we’ve heard a lot about possibly the least important question raised by the event: Whether Snowden is a good person or not.

My own take is that nobody knows. In fact, Snowden himself may not know the full context or ramifications of his actions. But it also doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that the Snowden affair occurs in the context of an unprecedented administration war on whistleblowers. And that’s a bad idea because whistleblowing is one of the things that maintains the legitimacy of a government as big, and otherwise unaccountable, as ours.

I also don’t buy into impugning Snowden’s character due to his choice of places where he has had to hide from US prosecution. Where else is he to go? Additionally, the fact that there have been other leakers who have been silenced by the very same gang of government suspects is a great big mitigating factor in how Snowden chose to go about bringing his information to the public. He deserves a pardon, and immunity so that he can testify to us all and tell the entire story. We could certainly do without all of the international intrigue and game playing.

Raw: Russian Rocket Crashes After Launch – YouTube

Raw: Russian Rocket Crashes After Launch – YouTube.

The Lysenkoism of our day

Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’

President Obama angrily blasted climate change skeptics during his energy policy speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, saying he lacked “patience for anyone who denies that this problem is real.””We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society,” Obama said. “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.”Earlier in his remarks, Obama said the “overwhelming judgement of science, of chemistry, of physics, and millions of measurements” put “to rest” questions about pollution affecting the environment.

“The planet is warming. Human activity is contributing to it,” Obama said.

via Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room. HT: Matt Drudge

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. | McClatchy

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. | McClatchy.
By Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Washington BureauWASHINGTON — Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.Read more here.

Those who cannot remember the (recent) past are condemned to repeat it.