Category Archives: Science/Engineering

The continuing corruption of science

“…[NOAA] the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.”

Under Barry Hussein’s watch, of course.

From James Delingpole: “What the whistleblowing NOAA insider John Bates has just done is prove beyond reasonable doubt what some of us have long claimed: that from NASA GISS and NOAA across the pond to the UEA and the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, the world’s leading temperature data sets have been hijacked by climate activists and abused to advance a political agenda.”

Scientists are corrupted by government funding, without which they cannot survive, as it comes with a stipulation to be politically correct. Or else. It’s part of the swamp Trump needs to drain. The question is how to do it?

China says testing EM drive in orbit

Science fiction maven Jerry Pournelle says reports of Chinese orbital success with the fuel-free electromagnetic spacecraft drive rank up there with the importance of Sputnik 1 in its day.

Others have their doubts about anything the ChiComs claim and that, despite tentative NASA ground confirmation of the EM drive’s usefulness, it’s any more than a new cold fusion hoax. Stay tuned.

Via Instapundit.

Pop ups are getting out of hand

Like the Z Man says, the Web is becoming unreadable. Even the pop up blocker doesn’t work often enough to stop the onslaught of first one and then another, and then three more.

“Of course, it is not just ads or pop-ups. The proliferation of scripting has made many sites unreadable on a phone or tablet, unless you use something like ghostery. The Washington Times is a perfect example. It is more ad than content and the scripts never seem to load properly, so the site looks like a Picasso painting most of the time. I stopped going to the site entirely as it took too much effort to make it work. If I have to redesign my web browser to look at your site, I’m probably not going to bother visiting your site.”

Indeed. Sure they need money to operate, especially the Times which is second fiddle to the WaPo in ad revenue. But it’s a tossup. Blizzard me with ads (and auto video and audio I didn’t ask for) and I won’t stick around or come back.

Because anti-scripting programs are just ridiculous. I downloaded ScriptBlock for Chrome but it interfered with my WordPress administrative programs for this site. Had to cancel SB just to write this. Good grief!

Great moments in IT

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Our own Mr. Goon says this translates as “And God said to Noah make a backup, I’m going to format this thing.”

Biggest shale oil field in U.S.

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The Permian Basin of West Texas has long been a rich “play” for crude oil and natural gas. Now it’s also the best in the country for shale oil deposits. And the discovery couldn’t come at a better time. President-elect Trump wants to make us energy independent and likely will back extensive use of the Permian. Hagzilla likely would have followed Barry Hussein’s pretend attack on carbon and thumbed her nose at shale while wasting more money on phony (i.e. intermittent power)  windmills and low-efficiency solar cells.

Mars in 70 days

“The results of NASA’s tests on the ‘impossible’ EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the controversial propulsion system really does work, and is capable of generating impressive thrust in a vacuum, even after error measurements have been accounted for.”

This is propulsion without fuel. Mars in 70 days instead of 18 months. No bulky fuel tanks marring the design of your space vehicle. Moreover, no explosive fuel to worry about. Leaving the problem of shielding from cosmic rays to be resolved, but with considerable new incentive to do so.

Via Instapundit.

The Hottest Year Evah Nonsense

The television meteorologists and the newspaper scribblers reissue these government handouts every year as if they were gospel instead of political bullshit so fundamentally flawed they don’t deserve to be called science.

“Surface temperature datasets are so flawed (Urban Heat Island effect; poor siting issues; large areas of the world where there is no coverage) as to be untrustworthy,” writes James Delingpole. “Satellite data don’t show nearly the same extreme warming trend: this year’s high temperatures, the result of a strong El Nino, are roughly the same of those as of the (similarly strong) El Nino of 1998.”

“[Where] there is little or no data coverage for most of the world,” writes climate blogger Paul Homewood, “temperature trends are simply made up for large areas, particularly the supposedly fast warming regions like the Arctic.”

Made up? Yes, made up. Extrapolated, as they say in professional-speak, those none-too-scientific scientists, getting fat and living high on the climate-change gravy train powered by your tax money. Championed by such luminaries as the dictator’s club (aka the UN) and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.