2008 was the year
friday, january 2nd, 2009
looking back over my columns of the past 12 months, one of their major themes was neatly encapsulated by two recent items from The Daily Telegraph.
The first, on May 21st, headed "Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts", reported that the entire Alpine "winter sports industry" could soon "grind to a halt for lack of snow". The second, on December 19 — headed "The Alps have best snow conditions in a generation" — reported that this winter's Alpine snowfalls "look set to beat all records by New Year's Day".
Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects."This was a year of AlGoreBore finally being called upon the carpet for what he is: a liar, fraud, huckster, charlatan, scammer, racketeer, shakedown artist, quack, deceiver, crook, swindler, con artist, cheat, phony, pretender, MF-SOB!"
First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.
Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the "hottest in history" and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free — as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialise.
Even the more cautious scientific acolytes of the official orthodoxy now admit that, thanks to "natural factors" such as ocean currents, temperatures have failed to rise as predicted (although they plaintively assure us that this cooling effect is merely "masking the underlying warming trend", and that the temperature rise will resume worse than ever by the middle of the next decade).
Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a "scientific consensus" in favour of man-made global warming collapsed. At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world's most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that "consensus" which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions.
Thirdly, as banks collapsed and the global economy plunged into its worst recession for decades, harsh reality at last began to break in on those self-deluding dreams which have for so long possessed almost every politician in the western world. As we saw in this month's Poznan conference, when 10,000 politicians, officials and "environmentalists" gathered to plan next year's "son of Kyoto" treaty in Copenhagen, panicking politicians are waking up to the fact that the world can no longer afford all those quixotic schemes for "combating climate change" with which they were so happy to indulge themselves in more comfortable times.
Suddenly it has become rather less appealing that we should divert trillions of dollars, pounds and euros into the fantasy that we could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent. All those grandiose projects for "emissions trading", "carbon capture", building tens of thousands more useless wind turbines, switching vast areas of farmland from producing food to "biofuels" — are being exposed as no more than enormously damaging and futile gestures — costing astronomic sums we no longer possess.
As 2009 dawns, it is time we in Britain faced up to the genuine crisis now fast approaching from the fact that — unless we get on very soon with building enough proper power stations to fill our looming "energy gap" — within a few years our lights will go out and what remains of our economy will judder to a halt. After years of infantile displacement activity, it is high time our politicians — along with those of the EU and President Obama's US — were brought back with a mighty jolt into contact with the real world.© by Christopher Booker, of The Sunday Telegraph. Last Updated: 7:40AM GMT 29 Dec 2008. More Christopher Booker Articles.
Why I Write This "Journal".
It's coming up on the 13th year Anniversary of "John's Journal", which first appeared on January 12th, 1996. It started out as a place where I could give horticultural advice to the many thousands of people who either were calling or emailing me, all day/week/month long. Back then, I got 100-300 emails/day, from people with questions on everything from what browser to choose and use, to how to care for their Benjamina Ficus or any one of another 250 different houseplants. The "Journal" quickly attracted between 3,000-7,500 readers/ week, on Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday. That was during the Netscape Browser v1.0 - v2.0 era. Do you remember the Net in 1995-96? (I actually started with computers in 1982, with an IBM PS2/50, DOS 2, CompuServe BBS and a 9400baud dial-up modem; does that "date me", or what?) Take a visit back to the InterNet Archive, formerly "The WayBack Machine"; there are still a few of the "old Journal (list of dates) pages" left there.
Even way back in 1996, "John's Journal" was many, many years ahead of the so-called "blogs" of today. In fact, I was one of the first, if not the first, on the Web/Net to do a daily/weekly/monthly, detail-oriented history/anything of my activities and the events of the day, now called a "blog", short for WebLog, a name which I don't like. The "Journal" quickly morphed into a quasi-political commentary site, with the advent of the corrupt, criminal Clintons, and their many crimes, ethics problems/lapses and antics. The readership also quickly-swelled to 15,000-25,000 readers/ week, mostly on Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday. Netscape v3 & v4 came out, and MSIE v3 competed with all of the other browsers. The "Browser Wars" were fully-underway, and we, the users, were the casualties."The First Amendment protects my right to dissent, and the Second Amendment guarantees the First Amendment."
By the late-90s, the corrupt, criminal Clintons were exposed for what they were, and were on their way out, and the next "Bush Dynasty II" was on its way into office. Netscape v5-v6-v7 came and went, MSIE v4 dominated "The Browser Wars" and market share, and other browsers began entering the fray. John's "Journal" saw another 5,000-10,000 readers come on Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday, bringing the weblogs total to 20,000-35,000 readers, by the weblogs records.
I soon increased my political commentary, and the readership increased to 45,000-50,000, as Google spread the word about my "Journal" site's views. There were numerous visits by racist, bigoted, hate-Blacks, hate-Jews, hate-US Military, hate-America groups looking for a "buddy" in me, but my writings repelled and repulsed all of those scumbags, and they quickly left, never to return. Good deal! They're garbage, shit, trash, scum, crap, filth etc!
Netscape folded after v9; the Firefox Browser v2-v3 and Thunderbird Email v2-v3, were released from Mozilla, the same folks who brought us Netscape v1-v9; Opera released v9.6, which I use to this day, and numerous other "browsers" have appeared. Let me repeat: this is the most versatile and best browser, ever! Get it! Opera v9.6! 'Nuff said. In direct comparison, Firefox SUCKS, just the way MSIE did and does! IMO.
But I digress.
I write "John's Journal" because it gives me a larger voice in expressing my anger and rage at all of the corrupt, criminal, stupid, idiotic, moronic, boneheaded and just plain dumbassed people and politicians, out there. If I see injustice, I say so. If I see hatred, I say so. If I see kindness, I say so. It helps me vent my anger and frustration at not being able to immediately fix all of the myriad problems, out there. If I were made "King For A Day", with absolute power, I could fix everything and make the world work correctly. Not likely that'll happen. To a degree, it's therapeutic.
I also write my "Journal", because I can! The First Amendment protects my dissent, and the Second Amendment guarantees the First Amendment. Any other questions? Happy New Year, to all of you.
Around The Garden Center™.
I got hardly any sleep on Thursday (Christmas) night/Friday morning, as I was up every 2-2½hrs, getting a drink of H2O, and taking a whiz from the previous 2-3 glasses of H2O. No, it's not a prostate problem, thankyousoverymuchforasking. The wonderful 7lb, bone-in, Heavenly Ham, which we'd had for Christmas Day Dinner, was causing me massive thirst problems, not only for me but for my two condo cats, who'd also had a nice, full plate of that lean, tender, exquisite smoke-cured, sugar & honey-glazed ham. We all just ate way to much ham. I'd brought the remaining 5½lbs home to finish carving, and put into Zip-Loc Bags, to give half to Mom & Dad, and half to me, for immediate (ham & swiss on rye sandwiches, ham steak & eggs, ham salad sandwiches, and many other meals) and mid-term eating. I couldn't resist eating far more than I should have, with a big carving knife, right off the bone. My bad. Cats bad. Lesson learned? Nah; it's just too delicious! Next year, we're going to have the Heavenly Smoked Turkey, for Thanksgiving Dinner.
My plans to visit a old friend over the weekend, were put on hold, Friday morning, due to a death in her family. We'll try again in the coming Summer."A Very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2009, to all of you!"
On the way into work on Saturday morning, as I stopped for coffee at the local Sheetz, the big topic of conversation was the local 3.4 earthquake, in neighboring northern Lancaster County, at 12:04am Saturday morning. No, I didn't hear/feel a thing. I finally finished-up the Athena Award Nomination, for my marketing firm's lady-owner, and emailed it as a MS-Word *.doc to the York County Chamber of Commerce's offices. There were 1-3 customers in each to buy JSGC&N Gift Certificates, and I gladly obliged them all. Two other recipients called and said that they'd hadn't had time/money to use the GCs and that they were "expiring" on Jan 1st, 2009; I told all of them that I'd extend he printed date. No problem. They were happy. Life is good. Heh.
66°F on Sunday, and it's feeling a lot like Spring, but *we're overdue* for some of the snowy, brutally-cold weather that the rest of the country has gotten these past 6-8 weeks. With the lower edge of the jet stream only about 125 miles northwest of us, I know it's coming, and I know to be well-prepared for it. It'll be doubly-brutal when it gets to us. I did some food shopping, got the Jeep cleaned inside & out; my last was for 2008 on that 6-wash card. Jeff stopped-over at 3pm on Sunday, and we got Win-TV working again, replaced the one bad 250GB Hitachi HD in the new RAID 0 Array (3-250GB HDs, striping only; no mirroring), and let it rebuild itself into "healthy", renamed the WDC 1-TB storage drive, set-up an automatic back-up utility from System Drive *C* (1-250GB HD) to Storage Drive *D* (3-250GB HDs) and Mega-Storage/Back-Up Drive *H* (1-TB); all done in under 2½ hours. The Win-TV 250 is a 2005 (analog) product, and if it breaks again, for whatever reason, I'll just go ahead and get the 2009 WIN-TV 450 (digital) hardware set-up. Very productive afternoon, IMO. At around 9:30pm, my Benin BWS30 subwoofer crapped-out — second one this year — and the dbl-stacked tweeters were useless wo/ the subwoofer. No sound on anything. Back online to find a replacement. What next?
Monday was also a "balmy" 43°F, with 85-90% of the US Corporations, OFF for the Christmas-to-New Years week, and ditto for all of the school children, they had great weather for whatever they do with 9 days off. Off for the week? Nine days? WTF! Those kids should be IN SCHOOL, dammit! Learning SOMETHING! Why a 9-day vacation? What happened to "studying & learning"? Hells bells, these days if it even looks like it might snow, they get a day off and schools are closed. What's happened to the education of our children? Okay, okay, you and I both know the answer. No need to get my BP up into the critical range, right now.
Tuesday was a mirror image of Monday, as far as the weather went: a "balmy" 45°F, but strong 35-40mph westerly winds, which were bringing the left coast's blizzard conditions this way, but well north of us, today and tomorrow. The Jet Stream's southern tip is about 75 miles north of the York (PA) area, mainly giving us rain and freezing rain, but no real snow, so far. I wouldn't mind some snow, right soon, since the First Day of Winter was officially last Sunday, Dec 21st. All in due time, I guess.
I started amassing all of the documents, forms and templates which need revisions and updating, for 2009, into one folder on my computer. I'd originally counted 17; now, it's more like 25 which will need major updating & revisions, and 4 more which will need complete rewriting. Okay; I have all of January and February to get them done. But at least I have them all identified and ready-to-go. The calls for JSGC&N Gift Certificates, are still coming in, after the Christmas Holidays; YES, I say "Christmas"! Don't you? If you say, "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays", then I don't want your business! GTF off of my property, liberal scumbag!
Driving home from work on Tuesday, I noticed that gas prices at the pump, had dropped 13¢ in >5 days. Unleaded Regular (87oct) is now at $1.49/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is at $1.59/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is now at $1.79/gal, with Diesel dropping 43¢ to around $2.55/gal. Amazing; just frigging amazing! That's just at the new Rutter's where I fill-up; most other stations were 5-6¢ higher. I was definitely wrong when I posited that we'd hit bottom, and prices were only going to go up, last week. Nice to be wrong in this case.
It was snowing as I drove into work on Wednesday, and with a *Severe HIgh-Wind Warning* posted for 45-60mph winds, it required both hands on the Jeep's steering wheel. And it was sustained winds, all day. Snow squalls moved through all day, with fierce 50-60mp winds, as a fast-moving cold front dropped temp 10-15°F, from the three previous "balmy days". With temps in the low-30s, the windchill was -16°F.
New Year's Eve? What are you doing? I'm staying home, as I have since 1985. I neither need nor want to be on the roads, with drunks, amateurs, scumbags, lowlifes and other assorted "road rage" garbage, thankyouverymuch. I'd rather stay home and live for another year. I was asleep by 11pm, if you must know.
On New Year's Day, I went over to Mom & Dad's home for our Penna Dutch Traditional "Good Luck" Dinner of roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and dessert (strawberry ice cream). Mmmmmmm, it was good, as usual. Next year, I'm going to cook it for them, and add-in some dumplings, on top of the crock-pot dinner. The roads were fairly empty, but nowhere near as empty as Christmas Day, which looked like a eerie ghost town. Still, with temps in the upper-30s and no wind, it was a bright, sunny and very pleasant day. So, I took a drive down through York City, which I haven't been to in several months, just to see all the changes. New buildings going up, old ones coming down, new parks, businesses for sale, and very little traffic, which allowed me to drive slowly down the main north-south street, and look at everything. It wasn't anywhere near dark, so I didn't get to see all the lighted Christmas Lights & Decorations. Maybe next year.
Fonts For You™.
Many Journal entries are best viewed in the Charrington Roughened and the Orlando typefaces. You may already have Century Gothic on your Windows-XP machine, and that's almost always used for the body copy or subheads, so grab it, if you don't already have it; you're reading it now. They're free from my website. Grab 'em! Save them to your HD, and install to C:/Windows/Fonts (folder), thru your WIN XP Control Panel > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Simple stuff; just takes a few minutes.
Here are a few others, which my Journal will be written in during the coming weeks: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. Get and install them, and see how much nicer these pages are to view and read. Plus, they add to your repertoire of available fonts in MS-Word, as WIN-XP System Fonts, so you can use them for your daily documents etc.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
Sooooooooo, Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs, scientists warn. CSIRO researchers (Australian liberals) said householders should know that each bulb turned on in the name of Christmas will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.
No, no, no, Germany; you don't release pirates or capture them for trial. YOU KILL ALL OF THEM, AND LET THE SHARKS EAT THEIR FLOATING CORPSES! What's the matter with the world's countries? Kill the stinking muslim pirates! KILL THEM! No trials! No capture and trial! Just kill all of them! They're lowlife, subhuman filth; KILL THEM!
The dumbassed moron chairman of the Republican National Committee, shit-for-brains RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, said he was "appalled" by a song called "Barack the Magic Negro" on a CD distributed by one of his political rivals, Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman, a candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship said Friday the CD he sent committee members for Christmas — which included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" — was clearly intended as a joke. Rush has been playing it for 5-6 months, Duncan, you fat, bloated, alcoholic, wife-beating, ignorant, dog-kicking, white trash asshole! No wonder the GOP lost. Fuck the RINO-GOPers!
The Global Warming Money Pit™.
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill liberals, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's everything you need to know about Global Warming, and why it's a good thing.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. O2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Global-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole-homo/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman liberal idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've already obviously done. Buh-bye, UK!
Some People Just Deserve Killing™.
Soooo, a subhuman piece-of-lowlife-shit, porn filth scumbag, Jack Venice, has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a woman at a Washington State University sorority; second-degree rape and three burglary counts. The actor, whose real name is Christopher Jack Reid, 26, will be eligible for parole in nine years. Reid told the court he is sorry for what happened to the victim but maintains his innocence. Huh? Am I missing something, here? Does "life in prison" = "eligible for parole in nine years"? Kill the MF•cking subhuman filth! I'd be happy to pull the .45cal's trigger, and blow his stinking, criminal filthy head-off.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: George Soros needs killing! I'll chip-in $10 if someone's taking-up a collection to have him killed.
If you thrive on the chaos and clutter of a million little documents strewn across your computer desktop, more power to you. But if you find yourself seeking a little slice of digital dharma in your workday, I beseech you to browse Mandolux. Here, peace and productivity coexist harmoniously — or at least look pretty while they're trying. The archive of beautiful backgrounds will soothe your third eye with computerized graphics, photographic abstractions, and stylized close-ups, from baseball logos to bubbles. Whatever the medium, Mando's desktops offer a unique depth of field and curious vision that make it a pleasure to minimize all those applications and documents and just chill out.