Next time someone tells you CO2 causes global warming…

**Posted by Phineas

Show them this chart:

(Click here for a larger version)

The blue line represents estimates of average global temperature, while the black records the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If there’s a correlation (1) here between rising temperate and rising CO2, I sure don’t see it.

The authors at Geocraft point out that only twice in the Earth’s history have CO2 levels been as low as they are now. In fact, if it were to go much lower, photosynthesis would shut off and plant life would die. (2)

Talk about “unintended consequences” should the “Save Gaea” crowd succeed at geo-engineering!

via Power Line.

(1) In fact, there’s some evidence that a rise in CO2 lags a temperature rise, not precedes it.
(2) Of course, light and heat play major roles, too, but the point is that we are much closer to the minimum than any dangerously high levels.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

You want to know how dumb unions can be?

**Posted by Phineas

This dumb. Southern California grocery workers are set to walk out as soon as tomorrow and shut down hundreds of stores over, at most, $23 a week:

Now, as in 2003, one key sticking point is healthcare. What’s at issue is a painfully common refrain in corporate America: medical costs are rising.

Under the latest offer from the employers, grocery workers would pay $9 a week for individual coverage and $23 a week for a family, company and union officials said.

The grocers say these premiums are necessary to help offset rising healthcare costs and augment the amount Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons are agreeing to pay into a trust fund that purchases healthcare for workers. But union officials say that what the employers have proposed to pay during negotiations on the complex deal is far short of what is necessary and would ultimately gut the trust fund. Instead, union officials say, the employers need to pay more in order for the fund to be viable long term.

Consider that California has unemployment of at least 12% and that many, many people are experiencing tight wallets these days. And the union bosses think it’s a good idea to put their own people out of work? Do the unions really expect sympathy from the public when all they’re being asked to pay for healthcare is $36 per month for a single person and $92 for a family? Do they really expect people facing far more onerous financial conditions to say “Oh yeah, man. You’ve got a real grievance here. I’m totally willing to drive 20 miles to find a non-union store while you fight to save 36 bucks a month!”

Really? I expect instead you’ll see a lot of people crossing the lines as the strike goes on, and plenty of “scab” workers — people who need jobs.

I supported the strikers back in 2003, because I felt they had a real grievance. Contrary to the article, the real issue then was management at Safeway trying to forcing workers to pay for management’s poor business decisions.

But this… this is dumb.

via Pirate’s Cove

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Game Day: Packers at the Panthers (UPDATE: PANTHERS LOSE 30-23)

Panthers logoCautious optimism is in the air today here in Charlotte as Carolina Panthers fans, excited off of last week’s impressive-even-in-a-loss showing by rookie QB Cam Newton, in their first regular season home game of the NFL 2011-2012 season, take on defending Super Bowl champs Green Bay on a Sunday afternoon that so far feels more like a mid-October day than a late summer day. The Packers, of course, are coming off an impressive victory against the New Orleans Saints from Thursday before last.

Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler writes today that the combined energy of Newton alongside Panthers WR Steve Smith is giving both the team and Panthers fans “something to build on”:

Carolina fans walking into the stadium toward the end of last season appeared resigned, as if they were about to stand in line at the DMV. The ones entering today will have a bounce in their step.

Newton and Smith made sure of that last week, when Newton threw for a startling 422 yards against Arizona – the most ever by a rookie quarterback in his first game. Smith caught eight of those passes for 178 yards and scored twice, as the old and new merged seamlessly in the Panthers’ first game under new head coach Ron Rivera.

There was the pesky fact that Carolina lost the game, 28-21. But Panthers fans are used to losing. The team went 2-14 last season, which allowed it to draft Newton with the No.1 overall pick in April. What Panthers fans aren’t used to is an offense that scores more than 10 points a game, which is why last week felt so refreshing.

“It’s only one game,” Smith said, “so you can’t throw a parade. But it’s something to build on.”


Smith has made a conscious effort this season to enjoy football more and worry less. He knows there aren’t many 32-year-olds still working as the No. 1 wide receiver for any NFL team. He also knows Newton could be his salvation, a quarterback good enough to extend his career.

Newton, meanwhile, knows having Smith along for this ride will make an up-and-down rookie year less bumpy. Newton may not locate him nearly as often today – the Packers will undoubtedly double-team Smith more than Arizona did – but he’s always glancing toward No. 89.

And with Newton and Smith looking so often for each other, things at Bank of America Stadium are looking up again. Finally.

I’m not making any bold predictions. In fact, in the office pool I’ve picked GB to win today – but my feelings wouldn’t be hurt at all if the Panthers won, or if at the very least they put on an impressive showing again. Any fan of a long-struggling sports team can identify with that feeling.

On a slighly nostalgic note, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was the Carolina Panthers’ first head coach. I liked him a lot. And Cam Newton makes me feel old. He was born the same year I graduated from high school. ;)

Game time is 1 PM ET and it will be broadcast on Fox.

What games will you be watching today?

UPDATE – 6:09 PM: Newton had another monster game today but throwing 3 interceptions (plus a stupid turnover by Steve Smith) equated to bad news for the Cats as the Packers capitalized and won 30-23.

Reminder: A timely retrospective on the MSM’s pinch-hitting for Team Obama

Canadian political commentator Rex Murphy pens a must-read this weekend on how the MSM must reconcile itself over its long-running “love affair” with our failing celebrity President (hat tip):

As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States — with a double-dip recession now all but certain — a reckoning is overdue. American journalism will have to look back at the period starting with Barrack Obama’s rise, his assumption of the presidency and his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so many of its vital functions. In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign — and it hasn’t reclaimed them since.

Much of the Obama coverage was orchestrated sychophancy. They glided past his pretensions — when did a presidential candidate before “address the world” from the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin? They ignored his arrogance — “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” And they averted their eyes from his every gaffe — such as the admission that he didn’t speak “Austrian.”

The media walked right past the decades-long association of Obama with the weird and racist pastor Jermiah Wright. In the midst of the brief stormlet over the issue, one CNN host — inexplicably — decided that CNN was going to be a “Wright-free zone.” He could have hung out a sign: “No bad news about Obama here.”

The media trashed Hillary. They burned Republicans. They ransacked Sarah Palin and her family. But Obama, the cool, the detached, the oracular Obama — he strolled to the presidency.


To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency.

MediaDon’t expect this to change in the months leading up to the next Presidential election, either. We saw from a few media outlets in the hazy aftermath of the 2008 elections – most notably from the Washington Post – the begrudging mea culpas and admissions about their how coverage was indeed “tilted” towards candidate Barack Obama and against his opposition, a clear dereliction of duty of the MSM to do its job, which is NOT to favor one side over the other but to report news straight down the middle, leaving it to the READER – not the journalist – to form their own opinions on the candidate and/or issue being written about. This is something that conservative pundits had been screaming about for two years plus, but that the media only had the audacity to admit after they’d “done their duty” in getting the virtual empty suit elected to the WH.

What’s worse, is that even after the candid admissions, they went right back to doing exactly what they suggested in their mea culpas that they shouldn’t have: Pinch-hitting for Barack Obama! Most recently in doing the bidding for Team Obama, the Washington Post started a hashtag on Twitter in which they invited readers to – I kid you not – help #AdviseObama. The same question (“What would you advise him to do ..?”) was posted on their website.

In short, even if the media WAS feeling a little shame over how they’ve brazenly not just covered this President but covered FOR this President over the last several years – including the ones prior to his Presidency – they aren’t going to show their cards just now. They’ll continue to do what they always do: Trash any and all opposition to their Chosen Candidate, wait for him or her to get elected (or re-elected), feign guilt immediately afterwards at their deliberately lopsided coverage in fits of the familiar self-loathing we’re used to seeing from liberals, and then go right back to what they were doing, hoping no one will notice nor point out their complicity.

Lather, rinse, repeat and all that.