More climate stuff

I’m shocked I tell yah, shocked.

U.S. Climate Data Compromised by Sensors’ Proximity to Heat Sources, Critics Say

The National Climate Data Center (NCDC) uses this massive network of sensors to determine daily highs and lows at the 1,219 weather stations in its Historical Climatology Network (HCN). The network has existed since 1892, but only in the last decade has it come under intense scrutiny to determine whether the figures it measures can be trusted.

For the past three years, a group of zealous laymen has visited and photographed nearly every one of the weather stations to determine whether they have been placed properly. And what they found is a stunning disregard for the government’s own rules: 90 percent of the sensors are too close to potential sources of heat to pass muster, including some very odd sources indeed:

• A sensor in Redding, Calif., is housed in a box that also contains a halogen light bulb, which could emit warmth directly onto the gauge.

• A sensor in Hanksville, Utah, sits directly atop a gravestone, which is not only macabre but also soaks up the sun’s heat and radiates it back to the thermometer at night.

• A sensor in Marysville, Calif., sits in a parking lot at a fire station right next to an air conditioner exhaust, a cell phone tower and a barbecue grill.

• A sensor in Tahoe City, Calif., sits near a paved tennis court and is right next to a “burn barrel” that incinerates garbage.

• A sensor in Hopkinsville, Ky., is sheltered from the wind by an adjoining house and sits above an asphalt driveway.

• Dozens of sensors are located at airports and sewage treatment plants, which produce “heat islands” from their sprawling seas of asphalt and heavy emissions.

“So far we’ve surveyed 1,062 of them,” said Anthony Watts, a meteorologist who began the tracking effort in 2007. “We found that 90 percent of them don’t meet [the government’s] old, simple rule called the ‘100-foot rule‘ for keeping thermometers 100 feet or more from biasing influence. Ninety percent of them failed that, and we’ve got documentation.” 


Valuable report form

If your company doesn’t have this form or something like it as a leader you should ensure this gets distributed to all.

Now I’m not sure this is and official document but I do think it could be useful.  😉 😉

Patriot Act still going

It appears the Patriot Act has been renewed for another year.  I don’t know how this is possible.  I seem to remember all the uproar of the Patriot Act when Bush was President.  Now with the left in complete control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency how does this bill make it through so quietly? Humm

Note: I have issues with the Patriot ACT.  I’m not a fan but I find the politics of national security very irritating.

Army sending out new cammo

Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan

Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte.

I like the new cammo pattern.  It’s a vast improvement over the ACUs however this part of the article bothers me.

The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers.

We have too much velcro on current uniforms and they wear out fast.  Get rid of most of the velcro and zipper and put buttons which can be fixed back on uniform then I’ll be happy.

MOSTARAK the Afghan offensive

Some of you may notice I don’t write a lot about ongoing military operations.  There are a couple of reasons.  One is that if your not there you really don’t know what’s going on.  Two is that your comments must then be based on news reports which from first hand knowledge can miss a whole lot of the story.  So with the "Moshtarak" offensive I can only wish our troops the best and follow along like the rest of you.   

Professor Jones – interesting

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

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Well now, what’s this?  Read the whole article folks.  It seems Professor Jones may not have been able to answer all those FOIA request due to the fact that he isn’t very organized and may have lost much of his research data.  So a leading “Scientist” can’t find his records that he based many of his and others assertions on?  Now he’s not sure about any of it.  Wow.  Big surprise there. 

Michelle has a project. Children, Obesity

First Lady Links Childhood Obesity to National Security in Launch of ‘Let’s Move’ Campaign

“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”

“Our kids did not do this to themselves,” Obama said. “Our kids don’t decide what’s served to them at school or whether there’s time for gym classes or recess. Our kids don’t choose to make food products with tons of sugar and sodium in super-sized portions, and then to have those products marketed to them everywhere they turn.”
“And no matter how much they beg for pizza, fries and candy, ultimately, they are not, and should not, be the ones calling the shots at dinnertime,” she said.

I’d love to jump on this but frankly I agree with much of this article. Childhood Obesity is simply not fair to children. It’s a hell of a way to start out. I’ve always fought my weight. Luckily I’ve been working out for over 20 years and while not a thin as I’d like to be I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight (gets tougher everyday though). I see so many young people struggling with weight due to many factors but all of it adds up to more problems later on.

Is it really a national security issue? Well ask a recruiter how tough it is to get new recruits who can meet the basics standards and can pass an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). It’s amazing since the APFT isn’t very hard to just pass. The military has instituted programs just to get recruits physically able to attend Basic Training.

I have two issues with this news story however. Obesity isn’t a disease. You can’t catch it. I do believe some of us are more prone to higher body fat and lower metabolism.  That said, I don’t support the healthy food initiative. $400 million a year? Screw that. How about this we take a look at school menus. They are crap. Let’s mandate better food in schools and not deep fried, processed garbage with a Soda or chocolate milk. 

Other than that it’s tough.  Parents are the key yet many of them are in the same or worse shape as their kids. 

Check out thelunchbox. Org for ideas that might work.